Medieval Life

Articles on everyday life for royalty, tradesmen, and peasants in the Middle Ages (500-1500 AD)


Medieval Life – Online Lesson

By the end of this lesson: You will know what the feudal system was and how it worked You will know how people dressed in both the early and late medieval periods You will know what foods were available in medieval times You will know what types of housing medieval...

Medieval Life – Bibliography

Life in the Middle Ages – Mrs Sundra’s Class Medieval Guilds – Gloria Betcher Medieval Life in the Hundred Years’ War – DENO Partnership Medieval Life – Medieval Life Net Medieval Studies– Online Reference...

Medieval Life – Crime and Punishment

Listen to the audio of this blog post about medieval punishment: Throughout the medieval period it was believed that the only way to keep order was to make sure that the people were scared of the punishments given for crimes committed. For this reason all crimes from...
Medieval Life – Housing

Medieval Life – Housing

Listen to an audio version of this blog post about medieval housing: The only type of medieval house that survive today are those of the wealthy. They have survived because they were made out of stone. The Medieval House in the Early Medieval Period – Noblemen...
Medieval Life – Food

Medieval Life – Food

The picture above shows a Norman lord dining in the great hall of his castle or manor house. His table is set at one end of the great hall and he sits in a high-backed chair. His guests, the priest, two noblemen and his wife, sit on his table while less important...
Medieval Life – Clothing

Medieval Life – Clothing

For more information on counter-intuitive facts of ancient and medieval history, see Anthony Esolen’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization.   King Edgar of England from 959–975 What you wore depended on who you were in the...
Medieval Life – Attacking and Defending a Castle

Medieval Life – Attacking and Defending a Castle

For more information on counter-intuitive facts of ancient and medieval history, see Anthony Esolen’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization.   The main methods of attacking a Medieval Castle were: Fire Battering Rams Ladders...

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Medieval Life – Types of Castle

Medieval Life – Types of Castle

Bodiam Castle East Sussex England UK, by WyrdLight.com. After their successful invasion and conquest of England, the Normans began a period of castle building that was to last right through the medieval period. Although castles had been built in England since the time...
Medieval Life – The Farming Year

Medieval Life – The Farming Year

Life was hard for the peasants who worked on the farms. There was always something that needed doing on the land and they could not afford to slack in any way. If the harvest failed, the whole village could face starvation in the winter. Repairing Peasants had to make...
Medieval Life – The Manor

Medieval Life – The Manor

Ightham Mote, a 14th-century moated manor house in Kent, photo by Silver149 The parcel of land leased to a Baron by the King was known as a manor. Under the Feudal System, the Baron had complete control of the running of the manor provided he met certain...
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