a medieval minute: harrowing


Every time I fly somewhere I find the occasion to use the word harrowing to describe the interminable lines at the TSA, the delays for equipment failures, or the turbulence in the flight itself. But to medieval people, the harrowing was something they did after plowing with a heavy plow. The harrow was a piece of farming equipment that broke up the clods of earth produced by the plow and helped to extract grass and weeds from the newly plowed field.

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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