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Less Known Facts about Medieval Life

Most people are going to be surprised by some of the facts about medieval life as they do not know what life in that period was like. When most people think about the medieval period, their mind quickly rushes to knights in shining armor. To other people, the medieval age is all about the Tudor kings and pageants. However, the timing of the medieval period is a topic that historians disagree with. It comes to an end at around 1485, the period when renaissance starts, having begun in 476 and it is also referred to as the Middle Ages. By reading more here, you will be able to learn about some of the lesser known facts about the Middle Ages.

Peasants and knights formed a majority of the population. Most people share the assumption that you were either a serf or a knight although it was a fact until around 1100. There were no cities or towns across Europe until the twelfth century. It is not quite difficult for us to acknowledge the job distribution they had. Land was a common property for peasants to have and they could, therefore, not be serfs. The opportunities open to free men were also available to those who were tied to their land.

Elections existed even then. People in that particular period cast votes too even though it is considered to be a modern-day phenomenon. There were positions for mayors and bishops that were up for takes. Sometimes, the king’s position was open to democracy through voting too. The succession of the king’s throne by their son is one that predominantly happened in England between 1087 and 1189. In some cases, conflicts could come up concerning who is more fit to rule, and that is when elections could come in handy. Only nobles could vote even though the ordinary people could only vote on a local level.

Traveling was a thing in the Middle Ages. Although most people died in the same village, they were born and raised in; this was not always the case. Going on a pilgrimage was a common thing since many people actually traveled. For others, travel was part of their trade as Europe imported silk, spices and other luxury goods from Asia and the Middle East. There is a volume, Journey to the Eastern Parts of the World, which dates back to 1253.

Plague claimed many lives, but people did not help either. The Black Death, or plague, claimed a lot of lives in the Middle Ages. The deaths totaled to close to sixty percent of the European population. There was nothing suggesting the cause of the disease that people knew about.