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Daily Life of a Noblewoman in the Middle Ages

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Daily Life of a Noblewoman in the Middle Ages

The daily life of a Noblewoman in the Middle ages followed a similar schedule to that of her lord. This might be her husband, father or brother. The daily life of a Noblewoman during the Middle ages centred around castles or Manors. Much of her time was spent on overseeing the running of the household.

The daily life of a Medieval Noblewoman can be described as follows:

  • The daily life of a Noblewoman started at dawn when Mass would be heard and prayers would be made
  • A noblewoman would be served by her ladies in waiting. She would be assisted with her dress for the day
  • The first meal of the day for the Noblewoman was breakfast
  • The daily life of the Noblewoman would include discussions on tournaments, betrothals, marriages, poetry and courtly love
  • A Noblewoman would be expected to oversee the education of the upper class girls who had sent to their households
  • A Noblewoman had to be able to take their husbands places at all times. The daily life of noblewoman would change if her husband was absent. She would be expected to look after the finances of the manor or estates including the collection of rents. Supervise the farming and settle all disputes
  • Mid morning prayers and a meal
  • In the afternoon the daily life of Noblewomen turned to housewifely duties including the supervision of meals and ensuring stores were sufficient
  • Leisure time was spent on embroidery and dance practise
  • Evening prayer and then supper in the Hall of the Castle or Manor House
  • After supper there might be some entertainment - music, dancing, jugglers, acrobats, jesters, etc
  • Bedtime prayers
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