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Tudor Monastery Farm is a historical television series that premiered in 2013. It is a part of a group of shows including Victorian, Edwardian, and Wartime Farm, which all explore different aspects of life throughout history in Britain. The show follows presenters Ruth Goodman, Peter Ginn and Geraldine James as they attempt to recreate life as it was in a Tudor monastery farm, around the year 1500. At the beginning of the series, the team arrives on a 500-acre site in the countryside of Weald and Downland in West Sussex, England. They have been tasked with recreating a working Tudor farm from scratch, with only the resources and technology that were available to farmers at the time. Throughout the series, they must find a way to grow crops, tend to animals and maintain the lifestyle of the people who lived in Tudor times. The team, consisting of historian Ruth Goodman, archaeologist Peter Ginn and actress Geraldine James are faced with a daunting task. They have to learn everything from scratch - from farming techniques to cooking and brewing ale. They also have to wear authentic clothing of the time, which was uncomfortable and heavy, but necessary for them to experience what Tudor life was really like. The majority of the series is spent working the land and tending to the animals. Ruth, Peter and Geraldine each have their own roles to play. Ruth takes on the role of housekeeper, looking after the house and its occupants. Peter is in charge of the animals and their welfare, while Geraldine works on the farm's kitchen garden and brewing ale. Together, they must work to make the farm profitable and practical in a time when there were no modern conveniences. In addition to the physical work, the team also has to deal with the religious beliefs of the time. For the people in Tudor times, religion was a way of life, and the monastery farm was no exception. The team must work to create a functioning church on the site, complete with a weekly service. Throughout the series, there are many obstacles that the team must overcome. They must manage the farm without modern tools and technologies, and they are at the mercy of the unpredictable weather. They also face the challenge of dealing with diseases and pests that would have been common in Tudor times. Tudor Monastery Farm offers a fascinating look into the daily life of people in Tudor times. The series is educational and provides a wealth of information about how farms operated at the time, from animal husbandry to brewing ale. The show also delves into the religious beliefs of the time, showing how important they were to the daily lives of those who lived on the farm. Finally, the show offers insights into how the people of the time lived and interacted with each other. Tudor Monastery Farm is an exploration of a fascinating time in Britain's history, and it offers a glimpse into the daily lives of the people who lived it. The series is a must-watch for anyone with an interest in history or agriculture.