I'll plow the land, sow the land, farm and weed the land, harvest the wheat, and give alomost all of it to the lord.
Women and Children
We fed the chickens, now I'll make lunch, weed the garden, and milk the cows.
A peasant would rise at 3 a.m. and eat breakfast. Then a man would go to work in the fields.
Paying the Rent
Here's three bushels of wheat, 50 silver coins, and two pigs.
A woman would take care of the children and animals, weave, cook, and help in the fields when needed.
Mush and beans? Again?
It's all we have. I added some milk, though.
A serf could earn freedom by marrying a free woman, buying his freedom, or running away. If the serf was away from the manor for one year and one day, he would be free.
I'm demanding a tallage! You've only paid half!
You are now a free man. Congratulations.
I don't have that much money, sir. The harvest was bad.
Peasants had to give almost everything they farmed to the lord, along with head money that they owed the lord.
Peasants ate vegetables, pottage, and occaisionally meat. The women were always in charge of the meals. Herbs were often used to hide the taste of spoiled meat.
A lord imposed taxes on serfs called head money. He could also impose a fee called a tallage if he needed money. When a woman married, she, gher husband, or her father had to pay a fee called a merchet.