Such an amazing book. Such an amazingly long, detailed book. Such an amazing glimpse into people’s lives in one small cluster of English villages from the Norman Conquest to the present day. It makes a wonderful companion to the TV series of the same name, which understandably sprints through history. The continuity of life, names, customs, professions and statuses is the principal joy of the book.You get to see how the same family names appear again and again throughout the centuries and how fortunes rise and fall and how. Yes, it can be a bit tedious at times, but never a fault of the writing. A thousand years of history just can be a bit much for most of us to comprehend.