Social Classes in Medieval England

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Social Classes in Medieval England

A King's Daily Life As usual, I arose early, said my prayers and attended Mass in the Castle Chapel. Mass was followed by breakfast - bread and wine, with some cold meat. I then attended some council meetings, before proceeding to hear some petitions, and then I discussed laws to be passed. Dinner was eaten at about 11 am, and consisted of two courses, each with several different dishes to choose from - today there was baked swan and spit-roasted venison, as well as of course the ordinary boiled carrots and potatoes. No important council business to attend to today, so instead I enjoyed myself by hunting with my dogs. When I returned I enjoyed a nice bath, and changed into a fresh outfit. After my bath, supper was served (at about 5-6 pm). Myself and the Queen said our prayers before retiring, and our servants helped undress us and get us ready for bed.

At dawn I awoke and my day commenced. I went to Mass and said my morning prayers, then had breakfast. After breakfast I engaged in weapons practise at the quintain and the pell, and then the warfare strategy discussions took place. This helped me gain knowlegde on siege warfare and weapons. Mid morning prayers, and then lunch was served. Then for a while I participated in dance practise, before horseriding took place. After that I accompanied my Lord in hunting, hawking and inspecting the estate. My evening prayer was said and then supper in the Hall of the Castle. After supper some of the King's jesters came and performed for us - dancing and juggling and doing acrobatics. After dinner I went to bed and said my prayers.

Knight

Noble LordAs usual, this morning at dawn my servants helped me dress, and then I proceeded toMass. Breakfast was eaten and then I attended to land matters. I conducted reports regarding estate crops, harvests and supplies. Then it was on to the finances - rents, taxes, customs and dues. I had a few people asking permission to marry, so that was settled, and then a few political discussions were made.After this I relaxed a bit and wrote some poetry while listening to music, and then it was on to the weapon practise, before my mid morning prayers. Lunch of roast swan and boiled carrots was eaten and then I grabbed my hunting gear and went out. I inspected the land and then my evening prayers were said. Supper in the Hall of the Castle - a delicious display of spit-roasted tender venison, boiled carrots and potatoes and of course, as usual, the silverware was loaded with slightly cold food. Then the entertainment - music, dancing, jugglers, acrobats and jesters!When the night ended I retired to my bed chamber and said my bedtime prayers.

Peasant (if they could write)My daily life as a peasant starts usually at 3am - especially since now it's summer. I ate my breakfast of pottage, and then work in the fields and on the land began at dawn. I do this all day long, as there are many jobs that have to be done. These include reaping (to cut crops for harvest with a scythe, sickle, or reaper), sowing (planting seeds), ploughing (breaking and turning over earth with a plough to form a furrow), binding and thatching, haymaking (cutting grass and curing it for hay), threshing (beating stems and husks of plants to separate the grains or seeds from the straw), and hedging. I finished at dusk, and sometimes then had to make tools and utensils using wood, leather and the horns from cattle. My wife eats a simple dinner with us after the children and I have finished and had little leisure time.

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