Scarecrow (UN-C-418)
The small Village of Backwater was by all accounts an unremarkable settlement by any measurement of the day. A typical Middle England village halfway to somewhere and a few miles out of nowhere, but to its 400 inhabitants it was home.

Successive poor harvests, made what was already a difficult life, more so; though the generosity of Lord Wallace Cannock, who owned much of the land and business in the area, meant that the ordinary villager always had food to feed their families and the opportunity to pay their debt.

But when the War in France called Wallace Cannock, a distant cousin of Edward III, into a battle from which he would not return - and his two sons inherited his sizeable estate - Life for the ordinary labourer was about to get worse.

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