Of course new chapters in life occur to everybody and they should occur to characters too. What new beginnings are your characters facing and what has led to these? Are your characters looking forward to them or are they apprehensive about what the future now holds? Have they done anything to try to avoid facing major changes?
As for old chapters, Part 2 of my Medieval Weekend review is now up on Chandler's Ford Today. I am so grateful I live now. I have no doubt back then I would've been a peasant. There's no shame in that but it is the thought of not being able to read and write that makes me grateful for the vast improvement in education and literacy.
Talking of which, how literate is the world in which you set your stories? Are your characters well educated and by whose standards should we, the readers, judge this?