The Daily Lives of Noble Women in the Middle Ages

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The Daily Lives of Noble Women in the Middle Ages

The Daily Lives of NobleWomen During the Middle Ages

Fun FactNoblewomen usually had 6 - 8 children, since most of them didn't make it past 3 years old.

RightsNoblewomen weren't allowed to inherit or own land, so the eldest son in the family usually inherited it. She couldn't make any important decisions either. Her husband did that.

FoodA lady would eat boar, deer, birds (quail or goose), and fish. She'd eat it in many forms, like meat pies and stew. Occasionally, she'd put expensive spices on it to strengthen the flavor.

Role of NoblewomenThe role of the Noblewoman was important to the success of feudalism because they helped their husband run the estates. The "lady" became "lord of the manor" while her husband was off fighting. Sometimes women might even go to war to defend her estate, if needed. Noblewomen ran the estate while the men were at battle. For example, the main duty of the noble woman was to give her husband a son. ( Another example of the ladie's importance was to look after the household servants. ( This shows that noble women were responsible for a lot of things, and they helped many people. Clearly, noblewomen were important to the success of feudalism in many ways.

HomesA manor was a house that had land, farm fields and buildings, woods, a hamlet or village, for a noble family to live in. Sometimes there was a second, smaller, house. Some manors had a hamlet which was a small settlement. Larger manors had a village and a church.The important building were the church, the parsonage where the parson, or priest lived, a mill if a stream ran through the manor, and possibly a blacksmith’s shop.The population of of these villages was usually under one hundred people.

Power and SafetyLords and ladies were expected to provide soldiers who were trained with middle age weapons. Knights were supported by their soldiers and these are some of the middle age weapons that were used:PolearmsBattle AxesMacesBillhookCaltropsFlailHalberdLongbowBowsCrossbowPikePoleaxeQuarterstaffSpearsWarhammerBatonsScimitar

HealthPeople in the middle ages had very bad health caused by the poor hygiene and lack of medical knowledge.Their health problems and illnesses was due to no running water, the lack of clean environment, especially in large towns or cities such as London. During the middle ages a deadly disease known as 'Black Death' spread through Europe and killed 60% of Europe’s entire population.

EducationThe education of young noble women was very important. Young girls would be sent away from their home to live with a noble family. There they were taught many different subjects and skills. Manners were very important, like how to curtsey and how to socialize with the greatest nobles in the land. They also spent time learning archery and how to dance and ride horses.

Marriage and FamilyNoble women had no choice in who her husband would be. Marriages were usually arranged so that both families would benefit and to bring wealth to the family of noble women. Marriage for love was rare. Noble women of the Middle Ages were expected to bring a dowry to the marriage. A dowry was an amount of money, goods, and property.The law gave a husband all rights over his wife, whether she liked it or not. She became his property. A marriage of a noble woman was celebrated by nine days of feasting and jousting.

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ClothingWomen's clothing was luxurious. It was embroidered and richly decorated with Gold and silver, pearls and special stones. Big belts made of gold were also worn. Gowns that were worn had tight bodices with a row of buttons on the front. They had simple jackets, lined with fur to go with the richly ornamented gowns. Women braided their hair, and decorated with pearls, gold or silver ornaments. They wore pointed hats with turned-up rims. The shoes were also pointed.


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