2º ESO-C Project Life in the Middle Ages. Ana Costa Tobío nº8. Index. Life in the Middle Ages. Castles. The Black Death. Medieval towns in Britain. Life in the Middle Ages. In summer people washed in a river or a lake and in winter, people didn’t wash at all.
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Ana Costa Tobío nº8
In summer people washed in a river or a lake and in winter, people didn’t wash at all.
In the middle ages, most people wore the same home-made woollen tunic all year round.
A thousand years ago the standard meal was hard bread and vegetable porridge. On special occasions, there was a tasty sausage made out of pig’s blood.
There weren’t any schools in the Middle Ages, so most people didn’t read or write. Instead of going to school, children went to work. After work, boys often played a medieval version of football, using a pig bladder for a ball.
In medieval society, noblemen and knights lived in castles. They lived with servants, soldiers and craftsmen. Animals also lived inside the castles. Originaly, castles were made of wood, but by the 11th century most castles were made of stone.
There were big walls around the castles, and usually there was a moat filled with water to protect the castles from attack. A drawbridge over the moat was the entrance to the castle.
The Black Death was the name people gave to the Bubonic plague. The plague struck Europe between 1347 and 1351.
The plague came from fleas living on rats. The fleas bit people and gave them the disease. People called the disease the Black Death because the victim’s fingers, toes and nose turned black. People with the disease also got black spots on the back of their neck, under their arms and in their groin. There was no cure for the diesease and most people died.
Medieval towns and cities were much smaller than modern towns. The cathedrals attracted lots of different people, but especially pilgrims and merchants. Towns needed a lot of water, so most towns were near a river. Medieval towns were very dirty places.
The houses were made of wood or stone and straw for the roof. Fire was a constant danger.