Life on the Manor

By: Paytyn Bernhards

Feudal Life

Kings gave "feifs" to his most noble people. The people worked on the Kings land and payed the King to have a place to live. The King also gave protection the the serfs. Serfs worked on the Kings land and were tied to the land for life.


The catholic church was the only type of church during this time period. Church leaders sat on the Kings council. Parish priests had humble backgrounds and little education. The village priest tended to the sick, taught latin and taught the bible to the youth. As the population of Europe increased, cathedrals got too small, and collapsed.


Medieval homes were cold, damp, and dark. Windows were very small. Peasant families ate, slept, and spent time together in very close quarters. Houses usually didn't have more than one or two rooms. These homes also usually had bad roofs that were easily destroyed.


People had wool clothing, and their undergarments were made of linen. Generally you had greater wealth if: you wore brighter colors, you used better materials and you had longer jackets. Rich clothing was elaborate and changed according to the fashion "ins". Men usually wore hose, a jacket, skirt and a tunic. Women usually wore flowing gowns with elaborate headwear.


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