Last week my father passed from this world to heaven. While his death still haunts my dreams, I decided to go through his most precious belongings. I cannot bear to live with so many reminders of his life. As I was sorting through his storage chest, I came across an old book. The pages were yellowed with age and written in a language of which I knew not. I took the book to the local priest. He knew the words on the pages as ancient Latin, a language reserved for The Holy Bible. The priest translated the words and to my surprise it belonged to an ancestor of mine whom departed this life nearly 100 years ago. I decided to keep the diary and record the events of my life. This is my first entry....
My name is Avelina, and I am a peasant. I am an artisan, a blacksmith to be exact. I was in Rome, and my family and I knew we had to get out of Rome and get to safety. We kept walking northwest from Rome to reach the north part of Rome, and then we kept walking north to get to Germany. It was a hard and rough journey. We got to Frankfurt, Germany. We wanted to live there together, but as peasants, we have virtually no rights, so we were torn apart and sent to work for different manors. I live on a manor. The other peasant living here is Marie. Our knight is Sir John. The noble we live with Lady Millicent. The castle I live by is on top of a mountain. This is a good thing because it would be very hard and take a long time for invaders to climb up the mountain and try to attack. This makes the location of it safer.
The manor I live at has its own coat of arms. We need this to show who we are because most people can't read. The coat of arms is my lord’s. It says “Rex Autem Super Omni,” which means “The King Over All”. It has the color gold on it, which symbolizes generosity and elevation of the mind. It has a unicorn on it, which symbolizes extreme courage, virtue, and strength. It also has a rose on it, which symbolizes grace and beauty, love, and desire. Also, it depicts a a daisy, which symbolizes gentleness and innocence. Finally, it shows a comet, which isn’t clearly symbolized, but it seems to show virtuosity, beauty and strength.
My life right now is quite difficult right now. All I do is work, and hardly any of it pays off, anyway. I'm assuming I just became a peasant like so many other people because I was considered too weak to have a higher position. I miss my family. I hope to one day work hard enough and visit them. There are so many things about this peasant life that make me want to stop living, but just the thought of heaven and working for a great life makes me think positively.