What If You Were a Villager Peasant in Medieval Times? (Animation)

by birtanpublished on August 5, 2020

We all love a good storybook tale of righteous kings and queens or fantasizing that we could be a brave knight on a heroic quest but what if you actually were living during medieval times

And found yourself not as a noble but all the way at the bottom of the proverbial totem pole as a lowly peasant instead what would you be expected to do what kind of life would you live

How long would you survive the grueling lifestyle of a medieval peasant just like in today's society there are certain societal structures in place during the middle ages the structure is known as the feudal system

With the king or queen reigning at the top of the structure and owning all the land they then give land to lords and knights in exchange for money loyalty and military support nobles then

Provided land and protection to the peasants who were expected to work in exchange for living on the land as well as paying taxes in the form of money or a portion of what they grew imagine the king having a whole pot he

Keeps a big chunk that pie for himself then slices up the remaining pie for the lords who in turn give some to their knights and from there some of the nobles give pieces of their pie to the peasants

But at the end of each year the nobles take a piece of that teeny little slice back talk about unfair so you get a piece of land and in exchange you work a little bit that's

Not so bad right well the average peasant's life primarily circled around the agrarian calendar meaning most of your time was spent working the land and trying to harvest enough crops to survive another year

And don't forget that tax you owe peasant men and women alike tended to the fields and even their children were expected to learn the necessary skills to help out peasants homes were constructed of a

Small wooden frame with walls of plaster made from a mixture of mud straw and plug your noses for this one manure glass was extremely expensive so windows were just a small circular hole in the wall there was no flooring just

Dirt and no real insulation so it was often extremely cold during the winter and unbearably hot during the summer and not only does the family have to fit in the home but the livestock as well

If left unattended outside horses and oxen could roam off on their own or even be stolen so you'd be sleeping side by side with your prized pig to make matters worse the animals would

Bring in bed bugs lice and other biting insects that would set up camp in the peasant's straw stuffed beds peasant homes had none of the things we considered normal in ours today

No running water toilets baths or basins of any kind even the king would barely bathe there's a saying that a peasant only bathed twice in their life once when they're born and once when

They die as their bodies are being prepared for burial working hard barely having enough food and having less than stellar living situations makes it pretty difficult to survive medieval times as a peasant

If you're born into serfdom there's only a 50 50 chance of surviving your first year of life and the average life expectancy is only 35 years old the lack of clean water and modern

Medicine make it difficult to live to an old age however if you survive your childhood in teenage years it's possible to live well into your 50s or 60s one of the worst plagues to

Well plague the earth first appeared during medieval times the bubonic plague also known as the black death is a gruesome disease that knocked out one third of europe's population due to the lack of sanitary awareness

Fresh water and modern medicine the disease spread like wildfire while those higher up in the power chain did fall ill with the bubonic plague the nasty bacteria did its worst on the peasants

Although the horrifying black death ran rampant and killed thousands of people it actually might have been the cause for a shift in the peasant's economic status once the plague disappeared there wasn't

As many people to complete much needed tasks like harvesting the fields these jobs fell on the peasants left standing and because they were needed so badly they were able to ask for higher wages

To complete the exact same job they were previously working for little to no pay instead of paying taxes with their crops and hard work they were able to pay with actual money from there every day life changed along

With the overall economic structures the tough life as a peasant was never ending spending your life working to pay back the lord of your land or you know landlord you get it and essentially giving that piece of the pie

Back to the king himself but hey all you gotta do is survive the deadliest plague and you too can earn a living wage thanks for watching and don't forget to like and subscribe for more fuzzy and

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