In early morning, we head to church. We hear talks about saving ours souls and stories about Jesus, but I often need someone to explain it to me. I gather that there's a man called the Pope who makes laws for us.
Our priest would sometimes talk to me right after church about how he felt about the church nowadays. He says that the church is becoming corrupt, with other priests misbehaving and monks becoming greedy. He says this will end soon, though, because monasteries are apparently readopting Benedictine Law, and the new Pope is trying to fix these issues.
When that is over, we have to work on the farms. Sometimes I’d catch myself stop plowing and staring into the woods where I have never been. I imagine myself asking our vassal for permission to leave the manor for a day, but I know there’s no point. Besides, farming has gotten a lot better, with iron plows and using horses. We also cleared more farmland this year.
I hear all kinds of rumors from the farmers as we work on the fields. Yesterday I heard that the noble's sons were sent off to become knights. I've heard that they have to be brave and loyal, and that they help storm the castles of rival manors. Someone mentioned that someone, usually the wife of a noble, takes over while the husband and sons are at war.
Some people are talking about old trade routes being used again because they are safer. Things are being brought in from faraway lands by traders, but trading gets hard in the winter, like farming. Big trading cities are starting to form, and serfs like me are starting to rent land with money for farming. I’ve also heard that merchants sometimes use credit papers instead of money.
One thing that I think is interesting is the middle class. People say that some towns are founded by people wealthier than peasants, but poorer than nobles. These people, usually merchants or craftsmen, form guilds to rule the towns. They are said to get into fights with other guilds of different professions, though. The towns they make can be dirty and crowded, but it seems to be wealthier.