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Life of a Feudal Peasant

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Housing

Feudal Peasants lived in peasant villages, which were ruled by a lord or a noble. These villages only had between 10 and 60 families living in them. Every family lived in a little hut, which was usually made out of wood or straw. Their flooring was covered in either reed or straw that had to be swept out and also replaced every so often because it would get dirty from the mud and food. Feudal Peasant beds were not comfortable at all! They were made from a pile of dried leaves or straw. They also used animal skins for blankets. In the middle of each hut there was a cooking fire with a hole in the roof right above it, so the smoke was able to escape. Their huts were very bare because they had so little furnishings. The only furnishings that were included in a Feudal Peasants home were a plank table, a few stools, and a chest. Every hut had its own little vegetable garden, seeing as they had to grow their own food. Feudal Peasants houses had no running water or any electricity. This meant that they had to haul water and chop firewood.

 

Clothing

All of the clothing that was worn by Feudal Peasants was made by hand. They would spin and weave there clothing. Men tended to wear tunics that came down to their knees and leather shoes, if they were able to afford them. Women wore tunics that went down to their ankles, linen under-tunics, woolen over tunics and often a wool cloak if they were going to be outside; this depended on how much money they had. Women also sometimes wore woven tights or socks on their legs, but they never wore pants. The majority of Feudal Peasants wore loose linen or wool tunics. They got their material from the animals that they hunted.

 

Food

The only foods that Feudal Peasants had were the ones that could be grown. Everything was home made in the dark ages. They would grow vegetables such as carrots, onions, cabbage and garlic. Most of these vegetables were put into their soup to give it flavour. Feudal Peasants would eat bread at every meal. In order to do this they would have to grow their wheat and take it to their lord's mill. They would pay their lord to use his mill with chickens and other animals. They also ate porridge almost every breakfast. Feudal Peasants classified their soup and porridge as 'Pottage.' Feudal Peasants also had cheese that they could eat with their bread, but their cheese was usually rotten and full of maggots. They would go out and gather mushrooms, apples, and pears as well. They would add honey to their pottage to make it sweeter. They also had spices to flavour their food with. Feudal Peasants mainly had three choices in what they drank. They could drink ale, which was the most common drink. They also had wine and beer. People in the Middle Ages also ate mostly heavy solid foods.

 

Jobs

A Feudal Peasant was expected to do a lot for their selves and for their lord. The peasant men were to go fight in times of battle and of war, this was the only thing a women peasant did not do. They had to work their field and their lord's field. This was where they kept their crops. They also had to cut firewood for heat and so they could cook their food. They had to haul water so they could have clean water for washing dishes, washing clothes, bathing, and drinking. Feudal Peasants had to spin and weave clothing so they could have something new to wear that was not dirty and old. Feudal Peasants were expected to repair damaged buildings, in these days all of the buildings were made of stone that could easily be broken or taken apart. Last but not least they had to wait on the members of the lord's family. They were expected to cook and clean for them. They didn't have a lot of time to themselves. They were always working on either their home or their lord's family and home. A life for the peasants is generally pretty hard. They get up each morning really early, eat a quick breakfast of homemade bread and ale and then they’re off to the fields for a full day of work. They have to plant, tend, and harvest at least one good crop a year or they will starve in the winter. They usually try to plant and harvest at least two crops each year.

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