Medieval Life

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


Medieval Life – What was the Feudal System?

The Feudal System was introduced to England following the invasion and conquest of the country by William I (The Conqueror). The system had been used in France by the Normans from the time they first settled there in about 900AD. It was a simple, but effective system,...

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 Book Middle...

Crime and 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 stealing to burglary of houses to murder had harsh punishments....
Medieval Life – Housing

Medieval Life – 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 and Women This medieval cottage from the thirteenth century, has been...
Medieval Food: From Peasant Porridge to King’s Mutton

Medieval Food: From Peasant Porridge to King’s Mutton

Listen to the audio of this podcast on medieval food here: Medieval food was often plain due to scarcity of resources and limited trade, but on celebratory occasions among the nobility the food could become decadent. The picture above shows a Norman lord dining in the...
Medieval Clothing: Making a Statement in the Middle Ages

Medieval Clothing: Making a Statement in the Middle Ages

For more information on medieval clothing and other 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...
Medieval Castle Defense and Assault

Medieval Castle Defense and Assault

Listen to the audio of this post here: The feudal system depended on protecting farms and the countryside, and the key to a kingdom’s defense was its castle. Likewise, taking over a kingdom meant conquering its castles, and doing so was the most challenging...
The Medieval Castle: Four Different Types

The Medieval Castle: Four Different Types

Medieval castle of Bodiam; East Sussex England UK, by WyrdLight.com. The medieval castle was the foundation of military defense for nearly a millennium. Kingdoms were caught up in an arms race to build wood and stone structures that were most effective in halting...
Medieval Farming and the Farming Year

Medieval Farming and the Farming Year

Medieval farming could be summarized as endless work. For a serf on an estate, there was always something that needed doing. Sloth was not tolerated because if the harvest failed, the whole village could face starvation in the winter. That is not to say that the tasks...
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