Meideval Life: Serfs

Meideval Life: Serfs

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  • Up Before The Sun
  • 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. 
  • Freedom
  • 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. 
  • Food
  • 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. 
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