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Old 02-18-2016, 11:25 PM
 
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Back in the day do you think a peasant could find any kind of joy or fun? Or do you think from the moment they were born till they died it was always horrible and barely a life worth living?

And in particular for peasant women do you think any of them were ever fortunate enough to marry a man that wasn't abusive and genuinely loved each other or do you think it was all bad for them as well? Do you think peasant women would really talk to each other much and gossip?
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:02 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Back in the day do you think a peasant could find any kind of joy or fun? Or do you think from the moment they were born till they died it was always horrible and barely a life worth living?

And in particular for peasant women do you think any of them were ever fortunate enough to marry a man that wasn't abusive and genuinely loved each other or do you think it was all bad for them as well? Do you think peasant women would really talk to each other much and gossip?
OF course they would have nice times and why there were so many fairs back then.. They celebrated everything it seems..The church enforced having mandatory holidays to stop them from rebelling... but yes life was hard with famine wars etc..Now we dont get enough holidays from word or time with famiiles, this causes illnesses like depression, stress etc... Abusive husbands didnt stop in the 14th century either or start because of poverty or lifestyle...People also adapt to their circumstances and make the most of what they have in all ways.. Life was much slower in every way...
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:43 AM
 
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Back in the day do you think a peasant could find any kind of joy or fun? Or do you think from the moment they were born till they died it was always horrible and barely a life worth living?
The living conditions of peasants could vary. Factors included whether or not they were Yeoman farmers (small scale land owners) or share croppers. Even sharecroppers had different levels including those who owned their own home and tools, but rented nearby fields and those who rented home, field and tools from a land owner. Then factor in good years vs bad years and good vs bad land owners and things could get complex.
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Old 02-19-2016, 11:17 AM
 
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Why on earth would all men back then be domineering abusers? Why wouldn't the women talk to each other?

Of course people had fun and experienced joy, played games, had celebrations. Folk dancing? Folk music?
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Old 02-19-2016, 09:08 PM
 
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How would they know they shouldn't be joyful? 'Cause TV wasn't invented yet?
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Old 02-20-2016, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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How would they know they shouldn't be joyful? 'Cause TV wasn't invented yet?
In our house we didnt have a telly until I was eleven.. and when I tell my grandkids their horrified hahaha and ask what I did.....hahaha, I said.. well I listened to the wireless.. ....another strange look on their faces.... erm I mean radio... read comics, did drawings, listened to records...... I think they see me from another world now.

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Old 02-21-2016, 11:26 AM
 
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poor people only know they was poor when other people told them.
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:16 PM
 
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poor people only know they was poor when other people told them.
Exactly. We compare them to us, but who do they compare themselves to if they don't know how we live?
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:50 AM
 
Location: New Albany, IN
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Music and dancing
Arts and crafts
Gossip
Drinking
Storytelling
Gambling and other games
Visiting friends and relatives far away (if they were free to travel)
Taking part in holiday or seasonal traditions (fairs, food, decorating, dressing up, etc.)
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Old 02-22-2016, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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No education for children, no running water or toilet..hahaha sounds like Glasgow in the 70s ....no baths.... People died very young, probably with pouring waste into the same river they drank from...If they were told to work for the church, it was done free , that was the law, even if they had work on their own land to do..
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