Medieval Education and Families

John Johnson & Stormi Philpot


Only some people could go to school, those people were mainly boys. Even then some families didn't have enough money to send their kids to school. The kids had to be part of a wealthy family to go to school.

Parent taught

Just like today, the first lessons that kids are taught are from their parents. It starts by kids just playing in fields, reenacting wars and battles. Then the boys start to play in their fathers work area which is led to the kids knowing how to work the field and tend to the cows.

Number System

Before they adapted to the Hindu-Arabic number system they went by Roman numerals. When they used the Hindu-Arabic numerals the didn't include the number 0 which caused a lot of confusion. They didn't include 0 because they couldn't understand "nothing."


-Marriage had nothing to do with love and romance; they were used to affect family and education.

-People tried to get their daughters to marry someone in a higher status, because they wanted a share in the riches and privileges that were brought into the family.

-Divorce was very rare and only occurred when a wife broke the laws of the church.


-Your social class depends on the riches and status.

-Sons were most wanted in a household, and women were the greater supporters in the household.

-Women were lower than men and classified as objects. If a women disrespected her husband, then she would be beaten and treated with little respect.

-A woman's job is to find food, cooking, making beds and cleaning the house. They also worked outside.

Children and inheritance

-Children were shaped in environment of their parents. (farmers, nobles, craftsmen.)

-Inheritance had to do mostly with women and children. A father would pass down inheritance to his son, who must be a worthy man. Then that son would share that inheritance with his wife.