Peasants Life in Western Medieval Europe Between 1000-1500

require information on medieval peasants 1000-1500

clothing,food,entertainment,housing,types of jobs and leisure

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    Life was laborious for peasants of medieval times. The simple

    mechanics of survival decreed a life of hard work, poverty, and for

    most of Western Europe, piety. The common folk rose with the sun and

    labored until dark. Food was simple, without great variety or

    abundance, consisting primarily of vegetables. Possessions were

    scarce, a man owning little more than his clothing, a knife for

    cooking and eating, a few simple tools, rudimentary furniture, and

    cooking utensils. Clothing was coarse, home woven, roughly sewn, and

    worn until it literally fell apart. Peasants lived in simple huts,

    constructed of wood, stone, branches, mud brick, or any other material

    that could be found and put to use. They labored mostly at

    agricultural occupations, for low or no wages, belonging to the land,

    or manor. A portion of their labor was tithed to the church.

    Entertainment was rare, but varied from jousting tournaments, to pubs,

    to public courts, punishments, and religious festivals. Mortality was

    high, two-thirds of children dying before their tenth birthday. Those

    surviving into adulthood knew no doctors, dentists, and few medicines.

    The following resources link directly to descriptions of peasant life

    in Medieval Europe, as well as descriptions of entertainment, food and

    cookery, clothing and housing. I have selected "general reference"

    sites, for the most part. Should you require more scholarly academic

    sources, please let me know.

    Medieval Life

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    The Medieval Child

    http://orb.rhodes.edu/non_spec/missteps/Ch6.html

    Medieval Life: Squires, Maidens and Peasants

    http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1986/3/86.03.03.x.html

    (Scroll approximately halfway down the page to the heading: The Manor,

    Part 3)

    From History House – an irreverent history magazine, comes a

    description of the worst of medieval peasant life and times. Despite

    it's somewhat fiesty nature, this site has received awards from more

    staid educational sites such as the History Channel and Learn.co.uk.

    A Day in the Life of a Peasant

    http://www.historyhouse.com/in_history/peasant/

    Learner.org presents a medieval informational site entitled "The

    Middle Ages". It covered topics include medieval food, entertainment,

    homes, and manor life.

    The Middle Ages – Feudal Life

    Learner.org

    http://www.learner.org/exhibits/middleages/

    Tales of the Middle Ages – True stories, fables and anecdotes from the

    Middle Ages

    http://www.godecookery.com/mtales/mtales08.htm

    Wharram Percy – A Lost Medieval Village

    http://loki.stockton.edu/~ken/wharram/begin.htm

    Medieval Fiefdom from the Thinkquest Library offers reports on a

    number of medieval topics, including buildings (housing), work, life,

    and entertainment. The medium bandwidth option offers the greatest

    number of topic selections.

    Medieval Fiefdom

    http://library.thinkquest.org/10949/?tqskip1=1&tqtime=1027

    Life During the Middle Ages

    http://www.medieval-life.net/life_main.htm

    The Medieval Child – Childbirth, Childhood and Adolescence in the

    Middle Ages

    http://historymedren.about.com/library/weekly/blchildtoc.htm

    The Lifestyle of the Medieval Peasant

    http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/medieval_peasants.htm

    Medieval Clothing

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    Medieval Clothing and Fabrics

    http://historymedren.about.com/cs/clothingandfabric/

    Reenactment Clothing

    http://historymedren.about.com/cs/reenactmentcloth/

    Medieval Clothing

    http://www.medieval-life.net/clothing.htm

    Medieval Entertainment and Leisure

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    Medieval Games and Pastimes

    http://historymedren.about.com/cs/gamesandpastimes/

    Medieval Games and Recreation

    http://www.medieval-life.net/games.htm

    Medieval Food

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    Medieval Food, Fact and Fantasy

    http://home.earthlink.net/~mkcooks/RenaissancedayinLeipsic.htm

    A Boke of Gode Cookery

    http://www.godecookery.com/godeboke/godeboke.htm

    Medieval Food

    http://www.medieval-life.net/food.htm

    Illustrations and Medieval Clipart

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    Illustrations and Medieval Clipart

    http://www.msu.edu/~georgem1/history/medieval.htm#images

    http://www.nwlink.com/~badger/clipart.html

    http://www.stemnet.nf.ca/CITE/medieval_clipart.htm

    http://www.castletrash.com/medieval/medieval.htm

    Literature

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    I'd also like to recommend two books to you – the books that

    originally sparked my interest in medieval history.

    The Canterbury Tales by Gregory Chaucer

    http://www.librarius.com/cantales.htm

    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

    http://www.ken-follett.com/bibliography/pillars.html

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    Should you have any questions about the material or sources provided,

    please, feel free to ask.

    larre-ga

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