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Medevial life

  1. 1. Medieval Life By Cole Daniels-Heald
  2. 2. Feudal Life <ul><li>For Safety and Protection people Formed a small community around a leader who would be their lord or master. Many of the people in these small communities lived on the manor which consisted usually of The main castle, the church, and a lot of its farmland. These manors were sometimes visited by the occasional peddlers, pilgrims and soldiers from the other fiefdoms (what small communities were called then). </li></ul>
  3. 3. Feudal Life <ul><li>The King would assign his men to control little bits of the land (fiefdoms) while he would use them to maintain power in his kingdom but his men would not get the land without a price in return they would have to contribute soldiers from their fiefdom to the king for his army. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Feudal Life <ul><li>In society there were 3 classes, at the top was the King, after that came the Noblemen and the priests after that came Knights and soldiers and the very lowest class was the peasants, also called serfs or villains. </li></ul><ul><li>In exchange for living on his land, the ruler of the fiefdom would protect the peasants which is exactly what the peasants needed because they didn’t have proper equipment or training. Some of the serfs were freed but a serf had to buy their freedom. Most of the serfs farmed because they had to feed their families and growing crops can supply you with food and something to sell or trade. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Houses <ul><li>In Medieval times land was very precious and very important to the people so most lived in a one or two story house called a Hovel. Hovels were usually one or two stories and were simply built if you wanted to add a floor to your hovel they would just take off the roof and add a story. On each floor there would usually only be one or two windows. The people who were poor at this time didn’t live in hovels they lived in tall buildings that were very crowded didn’t have many possessions only maybe a cooking pot or a stool if they were lucky and they would use logs for pillows and maybe had a blanket. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Houses <ul><li>In those times there wasn’t any indoor plumbing so on the bottom floor they would have an out house outside the door near the back. Some of the houses would be home to almost 50 people that’s about how many people would live in 20 modern day houses. The people living together mostly did this for protection but others would do it because they didn’t see any point in wasting their land. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Clothing <ul><li>In the Medieval times there were no jeans or sweaters. the women always wore long dresses and a corset which was basically a garment they would wear under their dress to make them look thinner than they are (could you imagine how long you could hold your breath for after that). A merchant wore a gown of fine wool with a belt and it would go down to about his ankles they wore open toed sandals and a very decorated headdress called a chaperon. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Clothing <ul><li>In the summer they would wear a fine linen under-gown underneath a sleeveless gown. The sleeves on these gowns were sometimes cut off to show of fancy expensive lining beneath. Around the 1500 veils and wimples (a silk chin cover) went out of style and the married woman showed their faces and didn’t cover their faces any more. To replace veils wigs came into style but it was at this time fashionable to hide every hair on your head with a complicated abnormally tall headdress and many rich woman would have them decorated with expensive jewels and patterns and feathers or pearls </li></ul>
  9. 9. Health <ul><li>Living in big villages was great but their health wasn’t people were getting very sick and there weren’t doctors there and antibiotics weren’t invented until the 1800 which made it very difficult to cure diseases. Without proper doctors barbers did most of the surgery and gave the medications (scary right). Even though barbers did most of the surgery if you couldn’t get one then someone with no experience what so ever would give the medication this often led to more sickness or even death this was a bad place to be if you wanted to live life healthy something like coughing or sneezing was a sign of having good health </li></ul>
  10. 10. Health <ul><li>With all this bad health some pretty crazy people thought up some weird causes for illnesses like that bad body odor spreads disease (sounds like something my mom would use to get a 4 year old into the bath). But many people back then believed that sins of the soul caused disease weird, huh? </li></ul>
  11. 11. Foods <ul><li>During the Medieval times there was no such thing as white spot or McDonalds (yeah calm down I’m just stating the facts) so the people had to grow or trade their food and eat whatever they got whether the baby liked it or not. In those times meat was very popular although they put it to strange names(e.g. Fried pigs head, very strait forward) they liked their meat especially mutton. Mutton was a sort of lamb, sheep, venison, or deer meat poultry were popular to game and wild birds. In those times the best way to preserve meat was sprinkling it with salt but not very well however when it rotted the people still poured sauce on it and ate it yech (makes your insides turn just thinking about it). </li></ul>
  12. 12. Foods <ul><li>Vegetables were also popular people liked eating vegetables like onions, garlic and herbs they would pick from the castle garden. These were often eaten with meat during Lent, (Fridays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays people would eat only fish) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Jobs <ul><li>Many would think a simpler time means simpler jobs but that is not the case. In the Medieval time there were many jobs for the people to take up. In fact the complexity of the Medieval working world is impressive yes the above are typical occupations in that time and age but within these broad classifications we can define an incredible array of other occupations. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Jobs <ul><li>Though not all Medieval jobs were fulfilling or a path to success, our vision of the round table with strong brave knights around wasn’t always there, each job was important in its own way and those jobs supplied virtually all you need. The jobs of the Medieval times were like a puzzle they may look like tiny insignificant pieces but they are not so they’re all part of a huge network and it creates a picture, a picture of society. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Bibliography <ul><li>http://library.thinkquest.org/J002390/lifestyle.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.topnews.in/files/Red-Cross101.png </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.castles-of-britain.com/castle32.htm </li></ul>
  16. 16. Bibliography <ul><li>http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.impawards.com/2007/posters/sweeney_todd_ver5.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.impawards.com/2007/sweeney_todd_ver5.html&usg=__-kKh805eqWveG5M8kMQ1zC5D_XE=&h=755&w=512&sz=65&hl=en&start=15&zoom=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=zYZu42CTfgG89M:&tbnh=142&tbnw=96&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsweeney%2Btodd%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26client%3Dsafari%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Den%26tbs%3Disch:1&ei=yHhLTYaNJYbSsAPf-pCXCg </li></ul>
  17. 17. Bibliography <ul><li>http://www.greatorlandodiscounts.com/dinner.gif </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ledburyportal.co.uk/portal/images/stories/history/euro_medieval_fair.jpg </li></ul>

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