Lead: The vision of medieval women that has emerged in the popular imagination is that of idealized caricature, instead they were full participants in life, good and bad
Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.
Content: Thomas Hobbes, writing in the seventeenth century, wrote that the lot of man was, “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.” His reference was much broader than any single epoch, but surely the medieval period in Europe was, for many of its inhabitants, little better than that. Yet, the era had periods of brilliant accomplishment, when men and women rose above their straightened circumstances to achieve greatness. For the most part, however, life was a struggle against poverty and disease, corruption, lawlessness and early death.