A Tour of Medieval Life and Literature a.k.a The Coolest by suchenfz


									Medieval Life
  a.k.a The
  About Old
 Stuff. Ever.
           Feudal Life
• People formed small
  communities around a
  central lord or master.
• Most lived on a manor,
  which consisted of the
  castle, the church, the
  village, and surrounding
  farm land.
• These communities were
• Occasional visits from
  peddlers, soldiers, or
  the Middle Ages.
• Bishops and Archbishops played leading
  roles in government. These men were often
  wealthy, and from noble families, and ruled
  over groups of parishes.
• Parish priests came from humbler
  backgrounds, often with little education.
  They tended to the sick and taught Latin and
  the texts of the Bible if they were capable of
  doing so.
• Churches grew, based on size of
  congregation. (They quickly outgrew the
  Roman churches.) There was an eventual
  competition to see whose cathedral was the
    Cash Cab Question
       of the Day:

• What cathedral was begun in 1247, and was
  SO tall, that the roof collapsed due to
  structural design less than 100 years later?
         Answer: Beauvais!
          You were right!
            Good job.
•   In 1284, only
    twelve years after
    completion, part of
    the choir vault
    collapsed, along
    with a few flying
    buttresses. It is
    now believed that
    the collapse was
    caused by
    resonant vibrations
    caused by high
    winds, and the
    height of the vault.
 (What up,) Homes(?)
• Homes in the Middle Ages
  were cold, damp, and dark. It
  was often warmer and lighter
  outside than it was inside.
  Roofs were thatched.
• Families rarely lived in more
  than one or two rooms.
  Unless...you had money! Isn’t
  THAT better?
• (Let us not look out into the
  back yard.)
        Clothing of the
         Middle Ages
• People wore
  clothing, with
  made of linen
• Long jackets,
  brighter colors,
  and better
  material meant
   Food of the Middle
• Meats were smoked and
• Vegetables and fruits were pickled.
• Spoons and knifes were used by everyone,
  and each person had, and carried, their own
• They ate out of trenchers. These were like
  plates, but were pieces of hard bread that
  would soak up the liquids of the meal.
• Food was often “disguised” with spices to
  hide the taste of rotten meat. Yummy.
• The poor drank ale, mead, or cider. Staples
  of their diet included barley and pottage, and
  very little meat.
• The rich drank wine and ate many different
  things, including generous servings of meat.
  (Many castles kept honeybees and had their
  own orchards.)
• INTERESTING FACT: The cook in the
  castle was required to taste the king’s food
  to make sure it was free of poison!
        Health (or lack thereof)
• More people=terrible
  hygienic conditions
• People believed that
  diseases were spread by
• They also believed that
  sickness and disease
  were a direct result of
  the sins of the soul.
• Sought relief through
  meditation and prayer.
Black Death Facts
“Canterbury Tales is
  actually a story
  about stories...”

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