Mechanical clocks were not in use until the fourteenth century. People told time as they always have by the position of the sun. However, in monasteries and cities, church bells tolled the monastic hours. Since there was no standard for exact time, in cities bells must have sounded at approximately the correct time, not always in unison. It must have quite lovely to hear a series of bells calling the devout to prayer.
The result of my love of all things medieval has been a trilogy about Ermengarde of Narbonne. The first volume was a finalist in the James River Writers unpublished novel contest, and readers have enjoyed the series.
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