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Daily Life of a Peasant in the Middle Ages

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Daily Life of a Peasant in the Middle Ages
The daily life of a peasant in the Middle ages was hard.  Medieval Serfs had to labor on the lord's land for two or three days each week, and at specially busy seasons, such as ploughing and harvesting.

The daily life of a peasant in the Middle Ages can be described as follows:

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

  • A peasant would start with breakfast, usually of pottage
  • Work in the fields or on the land started by dawn and the daily life of a peasant included the following common tasks
  • Reaping - To cut crops for harvest with a scythe, sickle, or reaper.
  • Sowing - the process of planting seeds
  • Ploughing - To break and turn over earth with a plough to form a furrow
  • Binding and Thatching
  • Haymaking - cutting grass and curing it for hay.
  • Threshing - To beat the stems and husks of plants to separate the grains or seeds from the straw.
  • Hedging - creating boundaries
  • Outside work finished at dusk, working hours were therefore longer during the summer months
  • Peasants made some of their own tools and utensils using wood, leather and the horns from cattle
  • Women generally ate when her husband and children had finished and had little leisure time
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