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MIDDLE AGE LIFE
Transcript of MIDDLE AGE LIFE
Monday, February 17, 2014
Vol XCIII, No. 311
MIDDLE AGE LIFE
Daily life Addition
Peasant life was very hard and tiring. A work day in the summer could start as early as 3 A.M. Peasants spent most of the day working in the fields. In cities they took on the tasks of cooking baking bread sewing, weaving, and spinning.In the fields they had to Reap,Sow, Plough, Bind, Thatch, Haymake, Thresh, and Hedge. Many peasants had a hard time producing enough food for their family and fulfill their duties to the lord of the manor. Their work day ended at dusk which made the summer months even harder.
A knight's armor might have looked like this.
A peasants house may have looked like this when there was a feast.
From Manor to City
This is what a city might look like.
As manors started to crumble cities and towns
were starting to form. Many serfs and
peasants fled to the cities for new opportunity.
The towns economic life was mostly based on
the exchange of money for goods and services
or know as trade. Along with cities and towns popping up a middle class was formed with merchants, traders, and crafts men. In these
towns the traders, merchants, and crafts men
started guilds. There were many kinds of
guilds. Guilds did many things such as set
prices and prevent outsiders from selling
goods. Also, guild members had to pay dues
and the money that they paid went help the
needy members or to support the families of
who have passed away. Over time these
towns quickly got dirty and crowed which led to problems.
Beware the Plague
The bubonic plague or better know as the
Black Death swept through Europe killing even whole villages. The plague killed about a third of the population in Europe. It is spread by fleas living on rats that thrived in the unsanitary towns and villages. The plague came from Asia by italian soldiers. The symptoms for the bubonic plague included flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, chills, weakness, and swollen, tender lymph glands. No cure was found to stop the plague so it grew rabidly.
People who have the plague
might look like this.
There were eight crusades from 1095 to 1291 which lasted 196 years. The first crusade was from 1095 to 1099 and it was lead by Peter the Hermit and others. The second was from 1145 to 1149. Also, the third crusade was from 1189 to 1192. The forth was from 1202 to 1204. The fifth crusade was from 1213 to 1221. The next crusade was the sixth and it was from 1228 to 1229. The seventh started in 1248 and ended in 1254. The final crusade was the eighth which was launched in 1270.
"Although, O sons of God, you have promised more firmly than ever to keep the peace among yourselves and to preserve the rights of the church, there remains still an important work for you to do"
This was part of Pope Urban II's speech calling the Christians to fight.
A Knight's day consisted mostly of praying and weapons training. Knight's had to make sure they followed the rules of chivalry. Their day started and ended with a prayer. In between they would hone their skills in fighting, horsemanship, and knowledge of siege warfare and weapons. Sometimes the knights would accompany their lords on hunting trips. In the evening, their might be entertainment such as; music, dancing, jugglers, acrobats, or jesters. After supper they would say prayers and go to sleep.