Medieval Life

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  • Hello, Let's take a trip back in time to the Medieval Times. In this time period, feudalism was used. It is a system of rule where powerful lords divide power among lesser lords.
  • Right now we are outside of a castle. There are knights guarding it. They learned how to become knights as early as the age of seven. In training they learned how to fight and keep their weapons and armour in good condition. It was also very strict.
  • Anyone know what's for dinner?
  • Same as always- black​ bread and veggies...
  • Here we are in a field. There are peasants working, they have been here since sunrise and they will be here until it sets. The men are guiding oxen to plow the field, and the children are planting and weeding. Many of them sleep with their animals in a hut and won't live past 35. They live a harsh life, but still occasionally enjoy holidays, feasts, and sports.​
  • Now we are outside of what this village takes the most pride in, the church. Many people go on pilgrimages to churches, like this one. The pope is the spiritual leader of the church, the most powerful secular in medieval Europe. Canon laws have just been developed by the church and if someone disobeys them there are huge penalties. Everyone's lives revolve around the Christian calendar​ here.
  • Here we are, a few years later. We are in an agricultural revolution because the peasants have formed new farming strategies. The population is growing because there is more food be produced. Warfare has also decreased so many trade routes have been formed going into the middle east and Asia. In the winter the trade routes will close and people will stay in this village where artisans will sell goods. Use of money is increasing and there are​ banking and partnerships forming.
  • Here is our last stop, a middle-class town. The middle class is a new social class formed by merchants, traders, and artisans. These towns are surrounded by walls for protection and the streets are narrow and filthy. This is a perfect breeding place for sickness, so let's go back to 2017. I hope you enjoyed the Medieval​ Times!
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