FC: Medieval Education By: Hannah Tamarkin May 21, 2012
1: MEDIEVAL EDUCATION: PEASANTS
2: This picture shows a typical classroom in the medieval times. | This picture shows medieval peasants working.
3: This picture shows the universities of the middle ages.
4: I. The peasant class of the medieval times was kept primarily uneducated. A. Peasants were the lowest class 1. They were very poor. 2. They owned no land B. Peasants were rarely educated 1. In order to be educated, they needed permission from the lord of the manor to be educated. 2. If they were educated without the lord’s permission, they had to pay a lot of money. C. If peasants were educated, they might question how things were done around the manor. 1. A peasant could potentially become smarter than his or her lord 2. The lord may feel threatened or insecure by the peasant’s new knowledge.
5: D. If the peasants were uneducated, they would be unaware of what went on at the manor. 1. The upper classes could get away with whatever they wanted without being questioned. 2. This was probably why the peasant was sometimes denied permission to be educated. E. In conclusion, the peasant class of the medieval times was kept primarily uneducated.
6: "The Crede of Piers the Ploughman" By: William Langland "As I went on my way, I saw a poor man over the plough bending. His hood was full of holes, And his hair was sticking out, His shoes were patched. His toes peeped out as he the ground trod. His wife walked by him In a skirt cut full and high. Wrapped in a sheet to keep her from the weather. Bare foot on the bare ice So that the blood flowed. At the field’s end lay a little bowl, And in there lay a little child wrapped in rags And two more of two years old upon another side. And all of them sang a song That was sorrowful to hear. The all cried a cry, A sorrowful note. And the poor man sighed sore and said "Children be still."
7: This poem is about the life of a peasant in the middle ages. Even though it is not directly about education, it gives the reader an idea about what the lifestyle of a peasant was really like.