In medieval times, the nobility included Kings,
Lords, Knights, and Ladies. Manor houses and castles were drafty,
dingy, and damp. They were built for protection, not for comfort.
Compared to the common people, however, the nobility lived a far more
Within the fief he owned, the lord had nearly total authority. He was
the judge and jury whenever a dispute needed to be settled. He was also
the judge and jury for dispute between his various vassals.
A woman's job in the middle ages was to have children and to
take care of the household. Noblewomen had no rights. They were the
property of their husband. Noblewomen were not allowed to choose their
own husbands. Their fathers chose a husband for them.
There was no such thing as divorce. But these were
times of great violence. A woman might be married four times in her
lifetime. Each time, if her father was alive, he would find her a new
husband. If her father was not alive, the eldest son of her late husband
would find her a new husband. If there were no sons, the church
would find her a new husband, or she could enter the convent.
At age seven, boys began to study to become knights. Girls did not go to
school. They were taught by their mother how to manage the household and
how to behave.
There was a strict code of behavior in the middle ages. There
was rule for every action, even for when you spoke and how you greeted
people. Life was very structured.
Long after the Middle Ages were over, a book was
published, called the Babees Book, that lists all the customs and
manners of the Middle Ages. It's truly interesting. If you would like to
take a look, click here: Babees
Dinner was an elaborate affair for most nobles. Several dishes were
served includes game, fish, vegetables, fruit, and deserts. Foods were
sweetened with honey. Spoons and forks were not used. Instead, people
used their fingers and knives.
If they had guests for dinner, they would hire
entertainers - minstrels, magicians, jugglers - or perhaps one person
would perform several feats.
and Entertainment: Tournaments were a most popular form of
entertainment. Tournaments were mock battles between knights. Men hunted
and fished and ran the fief. Women took great pride in their embroidery
and tapestry making. They made medicines from various plants. Both men
and women learned the art of archery.
The Catholic Church ruled daily life. Sermons were given daily by parish
priests in small rooms called chapels. Prayer was a big part of every
day. The church had to approve what you did and how you behaved, or you
would be punished, sometimes with your life. The church had great power,
and they did not hesitate to use it.
was it really like to live in the Middle Ages? (learner)
in the Middle Ages (click on pictures)
Through The Middle Ages (James Jester)
Babees' Book - Customs and Manners of the Times
Presentations in PowerPoint format
Online Games for the Middle Ages
Middle Ages Clipart for Kids & Teachers
Ages for Teachers
to The Middle Ages for Kids