Medieval Crops D.18.09.18

17 Sep

Crop planting in medieval times were done with a system. The fields would have been divided into three parts.
There would have been the spring planting, the autumn planting. This allowed for a crop rotation where the land was put to different use at different times of year and that made the land more fertile, they would get more crops off it.
Some crops were planted in spring, some in autumn, and some lying fallow to gain fertility after being harvested the year before.
This kind of rotation did a lot to increase the standard of living, because it increased crop yields around time.
The land would have been divided into thirds of the land and those strips were farmed by peasants.
The produce that came from those strips, the plants and harvest that came from the strips would go immediately to the lord of the manor and that was how the lord made enough money to live in the manor house and to have his horse and armour and all the things he needed to be a lord.
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Medieval Manors D.18.09.17

16 Sep

The Medieval Manor was owned by a lord. And surrounding the Manor would be the farmland and woodland that a lord would own. The land would be worked by the peasants.
The Medieval Manor would look more like a small castle. The lord of the Manor would live in prominence and power over the surrounding lands.
The village peasants live and worked the land doing the hard farm labour.
The farmland would have common pasture where everyone took their cattle to graze. In the woodland the lord may do some hunting to catch game, the peasants may not be allowed access to that.
Surrounded would have been meadows where sheep were kept, and possibly a water supply, like a stream.
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Medieval Simplicity D.18.09.16

15 Sep

We tend to think of castles and huge stone buildings from the Medieval period, but simplicity and a state of poverty equally existed.
People of less fortunate lives lived in a simple wooden thatch hut. It would have been very cold in the winter, probably very hot in the summer. It may have kept the rains off but there would have been nothing fancy. This would have been the life and home for a lot of people.
Peasants would have lived in the outhouses of the wealthy landlords and would have had no luxury in life. Their existence would have been to work, eat and sleep.
We have become a society who over spend and become careless with our extravagant existence. I suppose a little consolation to the way our ancestors lived.
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Medieval Characters D.18.09.15

14 Sep

The characters who made up the population of the Medieval period would have been as varied as it is today.
In a rhyme it could be said there was the knight, the parson and the plowman and all of them represent ideal character types.
With many extreme characters it can be a way society should be if it could be and it could be said that all of these people were poor. Poor in comparison to today.
The knight had his equipment to do his job, he had a suit of armor and a horse and a sword, but he’s not lavish in any way and the parson and plowman would have lived very frugally.
So, the Medieval life was to live to be fulfilling your social role and not necessarily making a lot of money. It is noble to be poor in that sense.
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The People of Medieval Society D.18.09.14

13 Sep

What makes up the varied people of medieval society? Perhaps it is the wife who continues marry one after the other. Perhaps a monk who prefers to spend his time hunting and never stays in his monastery.
There could be a friar who loves to eat and drink and flirt with the ladies. Even a young squire who is very elegant and flirtatious.
There would have been a whole array of people from all different walks of life. There would have been a poor student, a well-respected doctor, a lawyer, a prioress who runs a nunnery.
There would have been a wonderful assortment of social diversity and different characters in Medieval Society.
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The Ancient People Estates D.18.09.13

12 Sep

The least honoured people estate was made up of the majority of people about 95 to 98% of medieval society.
That doesn’t mean they were all peasants, but they all fell into that category if you’re looking at it like this.
Around 1400, the great English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote a work called The Canterbury Tales, which deals with a group of people going on a pilgrimage from London to the shrine of St. Thomas Becket at Canterbury. And one of the things Chaucer does wonderfully at the opening of that is he describes the whole array of all the different people who were going on pilgrimage.
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The Status of Middle Ages Population D.18.09.12

11 Sep

There are three general social groups that everyone in society would fall into one way or the other.
The nobles, the clergy and the peasants. There were the knights who represented nobility. The nobility’s function, as medieval thinkers’ thought was to fight and to rule. And so ideally, they protected the community from outside threats and made sure that political order was stable and in place.
Then there was the clergyman, a member of the church who is in holy orders. This would be anything from the local parson to monks, nuns, bishops, the Pope, anyone who was part of the structure of the Catholic church. Their function in society was to pray and assure the salvation of as many of their flock.
The nobles supposedly the material welfare and the clergy supposedly looked out for the spiritual welfare.
Then there was the peasant with his shovel. Peasants were supposed to do all the other work besides fighting and praying.
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