A House in Fez: Building a Life in the Ancient Heart of by Suzanna Clarke

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By Suzanna Clarke

The Medina -- the outdated urban -- of Fez is the best-preserved, medieval walled urban on the planet. within this brilliant Moroccan neighborhood, web cafes and cellphones coexist with a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, thousand-year-old sewer structures, and Arab-style homes, stunning with complex, if usually shabby, mosaic paintings.
While traveling in Morocco, Suzanna Clarke and her husband, Sandy, are encouraged to shop for a dilapidated, centuries-old riad in Fez with the purpose of restoring it to its unique beauty, utilizing basically conventional craftsmen and hand-crafted fabrics. So starts a extraordinary event that's bewildering, now and then hilarious, and finally immensely lucrative.
A condo in Fez chronicles their meticulous recovery, however it can also be a trip into Moroccan customs and lore and a window into the lives of its humans as friendships blossom. whilst the riad is eventually again to its former glory, Suzanna unearths she has not only restored an previous residence, but in addition her soul.

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For the succour offered by a mother to her son when he was ill after his return from an apprenticeship on the continent in Lisbon, see A. W. Bank Parents and offspring 25 children and their families when they were temporarily out of work, and to daughters whose husbands went to sea. 25 The diary of Isaac Archer, a Suffolk clergyman, also indicates the immense financial and emotional support that he provided to his sole surviving daughter, Anne, whose marriage was afflicted by her husband’s bankruptcy and huge debts, which Archer agreed to pay: ‘I told her .

Parental investment in the employment and occupational careers of women was more constricted, and the options for independent living and advancement were far more limited. The latter implied that the dependence of daughters on inheritance portions and dowries was marked even in London, where custom dictated that one-third of a deceased man’s estate be divided equally between his children, regardless of gender. The son’s share was ordinarily invested in apprenticeship or served as capital for business and trade, while the daughter’s share was set aside for her dowry.

The offspring of labourers and paupers, who were themselves burdened with families and living on meagre resources, were unlikely to be able to provide help. As some late eighteenth-century censuses indicate, the elderly among the poorest occupational groups who shared house with their offspring were dependent rather than acting as household heads; overall such households accounted for only a small percentage of the elderly in these communities. For many old people among the poor there was hence a tremendous need for assistance, which neither family nor other sources could supply.

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