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Medieval Peasant Women

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Daily Life of Medieval Peasant Women
The daily life Medieval Peasant women was hard. Most of the peasants were Medieval Serfs or Medieval Villeins. Women were expected to help their peasant husbands with their daily chores as well as attending to provisions and the cooking of daily meals and other duties customarily undertaken by women. The daily life of Medieval peasant women can be described as follows:

  • The daily life of a peasant woman started at started in the summer as early as 3am

  • She first had to prepare a breakfast, usually of pottage
  • Work in the fields or on the land started by dawn and the daily life of a peasant woman during the Middle Ages would include this type of hard work during busy times especially harvest
  • Preparations had to be started in order to provide the daily meals
  • Peasant women were expected to look after small animals - geese, chickens etc
  • Weaving, spinning and making and mending clothes were also part of a woman's work
  • Preparing rushes for lighting
  • Making preserves
  • Tending the vegetable plot and collecting berries and herbs
  • Women were also responsible for the children and need an understanding of medicines and herbs for basic nursing requirements
  • Outside work finished at dusk, working hours were therefore longer during the summer months
  • Women generally ate when her husband and children had finished and had little leisure time

So ended the daily life of Medieval Peasant Women during the Medieval times and era.

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Medieval Peasant Women
The Medieval Peasant Women lived on a manor in a village and worked either in the village or in the local castle or Manor House. Their houses were small, thatch-roofed and had one room which housed both the people and occasionally animals. The houses of the Medieval Peasant Women would be located in a village and grouped about an open space (the "green"), or on both sides of a single, narrow street. The population of one of these villages often did not often exceed one hundred people.

Medieval Peasant Women - Food
The life of Medieval Peasant Women changed with the seasons. Small animals required slaughtering and skinning during the autumn as it was not economic or practical to feed animals during the winter. The meat was then preserved in salt. Bread was a mainstay of the Medieval Peasant Women and her family. Corn, grain, cabbage, ale or cider was obtained from the local area.

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