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Following the life of a medieval baker!
Transcript of Following the life of a medieval baker!
Bakers normally live in their own shop. They would bake all day and then at night sleep in a bedroom in the back of the shop. Some had other homes. But most did not. A select few would live in a castle and bake for the kings that they were living with.
A baker did not have much free time , but in what little they had they would spend much time with family or even spending a little extra time baking.( I mean what baker doesn't like to bake!)
Just like any other person at their social level a baker would eat soups and rye breads. Nothing really special because they were apart of the middle class. If they worked for a king they may steal a king's leftovers. Kings were picky so their leftovers were probably really good anyways.
A regular medieval baker woke up before sunrise every morning and started their day by gathering everything they would need to bake with that day. They had to do all their kneading by hand. They wouldn't get to go to bed until late at night. Children were often used to help with the work. They started at age 7. A baker provides a major portion of their communities food.
A baker would wear the ordinary clothing of that time because they would get messy throughout the day. Some would wear a chef hat and an apron. But there wasn't a such thing as hygiene so they didn't wear hair nets,gloves,and things of that nature.
Did you know...
Medieval bakers were goverened by craft guilds who determined basically how much the bakers of that city made. They chose how much the breads should be sold for and how much a thievery fine should be.
By: Stephanie Woodard