Homes and Households in Medieval Times

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  • I am Ellen, I am 12 years old and this is my house.
  • This is the inside of my house, it is small and we don't have much privacy, but my family and I make it work.
  • I am a merchant. It is a good time to be a merchant, because trading is very popular right now.
  • This is where my husband works, he is a guild. This town may look clean but it smells very bad.
  • Most of the houses in the middle ages were made of wood, were narrow, and could be up to four stories high. The wealthy had bigger houses, and the poor had smaller houses.
  • This is my mom, she teaches me skills that are necessary for me to run a home, because I will soon run one of my own!
  • In the inside of houses, Rooms were cold, smoky, and dim. Fireplaces were the only source of heat, and windows were small and covered with oiled parchment, so little sunlight came through.
  • This where I went to school. I stopped going to school when I was 7 years old.
  • Towns were very dirty. Merchants became very wealthy through trading. Guilds provided help and protection for people during a certain type of work. They controlled the hours of work, and set fair prices.
  • In the Middle Ages, for many girls their education was at home, where they learned cooking, cloth making, and other skills necessary to run a home and care for a family. Girls in middle ages married young, as early as the age of 12, and were soon raising children of their own.
  • Half of all children died before they became adults, so they would start their journey to adulthood at the age of seven. Some boys and girls attended school and if they were rich they would learn to paint a play instruments.
  • Because towns were so dirty, there was many diseases and illnesses. Many people died, because of the Black plague which was a disease carried by rats. Some other diseases were chorea, measles, and Scarlet Fever.
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