Life in Towns in the Middle Ages

Life in Towns in the Middle Ages

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  • Time for a nice walk through the streets.
  • 3 Feet!
  • Please, you have been good to the church, we will try to take care of you.
  • We don't feel very good! We were fine just this morning!
  • Please, let them live and lift them of the plague.
  • Hey!
  • Mary Tony begins her morning by a delightful stroll down the street. But, the medieval streets weren't nearly as nice as today's streets... there is trash everywhere, people even throw it out of their windows!
  • Hue and Cry!
  • Uh oh!
  • Mary Tony comes across some plague victims. It seems some priests are helping them. The plague was a huge deal back then, there was no cure and it could kill overnight! It spread via rats and bugs, which all the trash probably helped.
  • For theft, this fool will be sent to the House of Correction
  • What? Mary Tony has been robbed (The most common crime then)! What is she going to do? There was no police and the sheriff takes too long!
  • Good idea! She calls a Hue and Cry. In other words, she has called out to others for help to catch the thief. There weren't really police back then.
  • Let's get him!
  • The thief is held before the court. There, it is decided we will be sent to the House of Correction. He is luck, death wasn't an uncommon punishment. Some criminals were even hung and hung from ropes in the street for all the public to see!
  • Here the thief is in the house of correction (the name is pretty self-explanatory), where he will spend quite some time. Well, maybe not that much longer since houses were built of wood and built too close together.
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