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Role of a Medieval Baker
Transcript of Role of a Medieval Baker
Coat of Arms and Motto
Sketch of a Medieval Baker
The Feudal Pyramid
Where the Baker is on the Feudal Pyramid
A Medieval Baker
Motto translated into Latin, meaning: May Our Skills Fulfill Your Needs
The colours, gold and black symbolizes reliability and generosity
The snake symbolizes wisdom
The gold shield pattern symbolizes faithful service
Name: Harold Rowe
House and Description
The house where Harold lives is just like all the other peasants living in the village. It is a small hut made of mud bricks and wood. The hut doesn't have any windows because Harold cannot afford them so he has small slits in the walls to let air and small amounts of light in.
Bakers like Harold pays homage to the lord in order for them to pay homage to the king.
A Typical Day of an Ordinary Medieval Baker
As I wake up in my cold and wet hut (as I am poor and can't afford a big warm house) and while it is still quite dark, I walk over to the local bakery just around the corner where I work. I meet up with everyone else and without further ado, I start to work.
Kneading the dough is my role as a baker and it isn't any fun. My boss has prepared the ingredients of the dough which includes salt, water, yeast, flour and sugar. I must knead the dough until I can pull it of the sides of the wooden bowl where I knead. Every morning, I knead 30 different types of bread.
The white bread is for the richer people so they can show off their wealthiness while the other type of bread which is the rye bread that sometimes contain tree bark and they are for the more poorer people like peasants.
After the dough has been kneaded and ready to be baked, I bake the dough on a griddle with an overturned bowl as a substitute oven over an open fire. This is a great way to bake as a normal oven costs quite a lot and this will help save the bosses money and might give us a pay rise someday!
After the bread has been baked, servants from the castle, peasants and lords come to buy the bread.
Contribution to Medieval Society
A baker's contribution to medieval society is important because they provide food for everyone in the village and bread was one of the most important because they had grains and was very important in food. Ovens were required to bake bread but they were very expensive that only rich people and bakers could afford them.
C, C 2009, Daily Life of a Medieval Baker, PBWorks, accessed 25 April 2014, <http://medievallife.pbworks.com/w/page/20701039/Daily%20Life%20of%20a%20Medieval%20Baker>.
As there was no idea of hygiene back at the time of the middle ages, ordinary bakers would've worn everyday clothing and with an apron to wipe their hands onto. They would sometimes wear chefs hat at times.
Everyday Clothing like a Linen Vest or a Homespun Tunic was Worn
Leather Shoes were mostly Worn