What are the most significant events that happen in the novel Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

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This story is a journal kept by a young woman of minor nobility. It records her thoughts and feelings of being "encaged" by her station in life. She feels she has no freedom as a female and as a member of the nobility. Her life is centered around sewing and tending to the needs of the sick and injured. She is of marriagable age, and her much hated father seeks to marry her off to the man who offers the most wealth. Catherine, Birdy as she is called, wants no part of her life and struggles against it. She relates many mischievous deeds that result in her being sent to her room or being smacked. Among the more important issues she faces are:

1. the return from the Crusades of her Uncle George with whom she falls in love and sees her best friend Aelis snare his heart

2. the return of her hated brother Robert for his wedding to a 12 year old

3.a visit to her brother Edward in the monastary

4. the death procession she sees for the Queen of England

5. her impending marriage to Shaggy Beard, an older baron with vile ways and filthy appearance

As such, none of these events is terribly significant, except to the main character.