The Daily Lives of ladies During the Middle Ages

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The Daily Lives of ladies During the Middle Ages

The Daily Lives of Ladies During the Middle Ages

Nina HornSeptember 29, 2015Waters/SS 6Medieval Glog

Number 14


Ladies had to oversee the house. Houses could be hosts to 100's of people, there were priests, pages, squires, master hunters, knights, cooks,servants, artists, craftspeople, grooms, musicians, and jesters. Ladies lived in manors, with little, to no privacy, which were gloomy, due to the lighting only being candles, and their only source of heat was the fires. It was very boring inside the manor. All buildings were invested with fleas and mice, so every building effected by disease.


Thier diets lacked vitamin C, resulting in bad teeth and bloody gums. The diet included, Manchet bread, vension, beef, pork, goat, lamb,rabbit, hare, mutton, swan, heron, herring, salmon, eel, whiting, plaice, cod, trout, pike, oysters, crab, cockle, cheese, fruit, spices, and a limited amount of vegetables. Nobles, were the only ones allowed to hunt deer, rabbit, boar, and hare. The only vegetables for Ladies were onions, garlic, leeks, and rape(premitive version of broccoli.) Portions were quite petite, and food was highly spiced. The French, were the first to produce cook books. Water was unclean, so they drank many different types of wine. They would drink ale, beer, cider, wine, fruit wine, and mead.

Marriage and Family

In the Middle Ages, you betrothed as babies, and the age of consent, was twelve. Ladies had very little choice, if any in whom they were to marry, and marriage being about love was rare. Marriages were arranged, so that both families got something, it usually brought prestige to her side of the family. They were expected to bring dowry for their husbands, and the husbands got full rights over their wives, you became your husbands property. The wedding was celebrated for nine days. After you were married, you were expected to run the household, and your main duty was providing children. Large families were normal, since the mortality rate for children and infants was so high. While pregnant, ladies made arrangements for the care of their children, in case they tdied during labor. The average pregnancy number of women was 4-8 times, and you expected to lose at least one child.

Protection and Defense

War was a great, and ever presant danger in the Middle Ages. Ladies, sent in knights to the higher lords that had given them the land for their protection, since ladies weren't allowed to fight. The castle was a form of military technology. Their defense, was using all the traps hidden in the castle to their best advantage, and they had to maintane constant assult on the enemy, by firing stones, arrows, and crossbow bolts. To be successful in defending yourselves however, everyone had to be able to withstand a siege.

Power and Influence

Ladies of the Middle Ages had many jobs, they had to manage and defend people, act as judges, supply higher lords with knights, running estates, and overseeing the household. But most of all, they had to train, and raise their, and others, children. The main importance of ladies, and women. The Middle Ages gave their women some equality, women got to hold fiefs and inherit land just like men, and women and men of nobility had a lot of the same jobs. It seemed in the Middle Ages, that women had power, but men had authority.


Ladies enjoyed hawking, hunting, dancing, embroidery, preparing food, needlework, and board games, like chess and reading. They would also hire musicians, jugglers, acrobats, and jesters for entertainment.


Ladies aged quikly because of constant child bearing, but looks were almost everything to women. So they died their hair yellow, and other than make-up and face paint, they bled themselves for desired a pale complexion. Bad teeth and bloody gums, and they bathed once a week.


Taught manners, etiquette, curtseys, mixing with nobles, riding, dancing, archery, preserving fruit, househld management, duties as married lady, code of chivalry, and courtly love principals, all at the age of seven, with a different family.

The role of the ladies was important to the success in feudalism because ladies provided protection and were a form of law. For example, ladies ¨...supplied knights to their higher lords...¨ (Lords and Ladies pg. 1) Another example is ladies ¨...acted as judges...could hold fiefs...and inherit land...¨ (Lords and Ladies pg. 1) This shows that without ladies there wouldn´t have been a stable structure, since the men were off fighting, ladies were trying to hold everything together. Clearly the success of feudalism heavely relied on ladies.



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