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In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Venning. 20% of Venning men worked as a Farmer and 73% of Venning women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Venning were Market Gardener and Housewife .
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A Chronology of the Crusades
A Chronology of the Crusades provides a day-by-day development of the Crusading movement, the Crusades and the states created by them through the medieval period. Beginning in the run-up to the First Crusade in 1095, to the fall of Constantinople in 1453, and ending with the Turkish attack on Belgrade in 1456, this reference is a comprehensive guide to the events of each Crusade, concentrating on the Near East, but also those Christian expeditions sanctioned by the Papacy as ‘Crusades’ in the medieval era. As well as clashes between Christians and Muslims in the Latin States, Timothy Venning also chronicles the Albigensian Crusade, clashes in Anatolia and the Balkans and the Reconquista in the Iberian Peninsula. Both detailed and accessible, this chronology draws together material from contemporary Latin/Frankish, Byzantine and Arab/Muslim sources with assessment and explanation to produce a readable narrative which gives students an in-depth overview of one of the most enduringly fascinating periods in medieval history.
Including an introduction by Peter Frankopan which summarises and contextualises the period, this book is an essential resource for students and academics alike.
A Chronology of Medieval British History : 1066–1307
A Chronology of Medieval British History 1066–1307 covers events in British history, starting with the arrival of the new Norman ruling dynasty which ‘connected’ British politics, culture, religion and society more closely to mainland Europe, and ending with Edward I’s death and Robert Bruce’s revolt in 1307.
The book is designed as a year-by-year guide to political, military, religious and cultural developments, centred on the states within the British Isles – England, Scotland, the Welsh states until annexation in 1282, and Ireland until conquest in the 1170s. Throughout the book, a detailed but succinct narrative of events is provided, clearly explaining what happened and when. The relevant sources and the latest academic studies for each period are listed, and any difficulties relating to the dating, accuracy and interpretation of records are identified.
Comprehensive and accessible, A Chronology of Medieval British History 1066–1307 will be of great use to students of medieval British and European history.
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Wise was the second son and eventual heir of Thomas Wise (1546–1593) of Sydenham, by his wife Mary Buller,  a daughter of Richard Buller (died 1556)  of Shillingham in Cornwall (ancestor of the prominent Buller family of Morval and of the Buller Baronets). The Wise family is earliest recorded in the Heraldic Visitations of Devon in the person of John Wise (fl.1403) of Sydenham, living in 1403.  The family can however be traced to Westcountry roots from the eleventh century.  They provided a Knight of the Shire (Member of Parliament for Devon) in three of the Parliaments of King Henry VI (1422–1461).  In about 1400 the manor of Stoke Damerel, within which was situated the estate later called Mount Wise, was inherited by Thomas Wise of Sydenham (son and heir of John Wise (fl.1403) of Sydenham), upon his marriage to Margaret Brett (alias Brit),  daughter and heiress of Robert Brett of Staddiscombe, near Plymstock,    lord of the manor of Stoke Damerel.
He was created a Knight of the Bath at the coronation of King James I in 1603. In 1612 he served as Sheriff of Devon.   In 1621 he was elected a member of parliament for Bere Alston  in Devon, where he had gained influence following local land purchases. 
He re-built Sydenham House and added such height and such a great amount of stone to it that his contemporary Risdon (died 1640) described Sydenham as:
"Beautified with buildings of such height as the very foundation is ready to reel under the burthen". 
He also built a new mansion house on his ancestral estate at Stoke Damerel, which he named Mount Wise,  on a headland jutting out into Plymouth Sound. His contemporary the Devon historian Sir William Pole (died 1635) remarked as follows concerning the manor of Stoke Damerel and Sir Thomas Wise:
"Hee hath bwilded heere, uppon an advanced ground a newe howse for his pleasure & named it Mount Wise, where Thomas (Wise) Esqr. his sonne now dwelleth, w(hi)ch hath married (Mary), daughter of Edward Lord Chichester, Vicont of Cairfergus".
In about 1600  Wise married Margery Stafford (born 1583), daughter and sole heiress of Robert Stafford (died 1604)  of Stafford (alias Stoford) in the parish of Dolton in Devon. The surname of the Stafford family had anciently been Kelloway. By his wife he had children as follows: 
- (c. 1605 – 1641),  only son and heir, Sheriff of Devon in 1638 and in 1625 a member of parliament for the Rolle pocket borough of Callington in Cornwall (nominated by Robert Rolle (died 1633) of Heanton Satchville, Petrockstowe, Devon, the father-in-law of his sister Margery Wise  ) and for Bere Alston in the parliaments of King Charles of 1625, 1626 and 1628 to 1629, and for Devon twice in 1640. As Pole states (see above),  he married Lady Mary Chichester, daughter of Edward Chichester, 1st Viscount Chichester of Carrickfergus in Ireland and of Eggesford in Devon.
- Margery Wise, who married Sir Samuel Rolle (died 1647),  (c. 1588 – 1647) of Heanton Satchville in the parish of Petrockstowe, Devon, Member of Parliament for Callington, Cornwall in 1640 and for Devon 1641–1647, a prominent Parliamentarian during the Civil War.
- Elizabeth Wise, unmarried at her father's death in 1630, to whom he bequeathed a generous £3,500 dowry.  She married in 1634 John Browne of Frampton. 
Wise died in 1630 and was buried in Marystow Church, where survives his "splendid"  marble monument with eight Corinthian columns surrounded by other monuments to the Wise family. 
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Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Venning life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Venning in 1957 was 57, and 83 in 2004.
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