No, Norcia isn't like this.
But it sort of feels like this, in a way that's hard to describe.
I do my laundry by hand, on the whole. In the bath. And I hang it on the line.
I'm amazed all the time at the things my friends think are absolute necessities. I don't want a washer, and couldn't afford to run one of those wasteful things if I had one. The gas for heating the water, the electricity, the water itself. And for what? So I can save time and effort. Yes? Time that could be better spent doing what? Surfing the net, perhaps? Watching TV?
The picture to the left is page 8 of the Luttrell Psalter.
See the rest here.