FC: I Guess You Could Say I'm Privileged! | The Life of the Royalty and Nobility in Medieval Times | Emily Zimmerman and Natalie Hakim
1: Introduction | In feudal Europe there were many rulers. There was the Monarch or King that ruled over a whole country or large region of land. Then came the nobles. The nobles which were lords and ladies controlled smaller parts of the Kings land. The King gave them this land which was called a fief. It was basically trading land for th Noble's service to the king. Nobles also controlled places that were called manors. The people on the manor were peasants and serfs. It was also the Noble's job to fight for the king and provide knights. Kings and Nobles lived very lavish lives compared to peasants and serfs. They ate amazing food and lived in castles. They had authority and power. Their children would one day walk in their footsteps to. You were born into Nobility and Royalty. In reality it was fate that made these people who they were.
3: Where The Royalty Lived | Royalty lived in castles. In the tenth century people started building castles out of stone. A stone tower became the main military and residential building. In the thirteenth century walls were built with rings around the castle, one inside the other. The chapel was an important room in the castle. Chapels were decorated with intricate stone work and paintings that reflected bible stories. The castle was an ideal place to keep prisoners. Often they were kept in the dungeon, which was a cellar type room. The great hall was the main living area. It was used for eating, sleeping, and carrying out business. Lords and Ladies lived in castle like housed on the manor, called Manor Houses.
4: Staff of the Castle | The staff was a very important part in the castle. There were many staff in the castle. Some included Constable or Castellan who looked after buildings and defenses. The Marshal took care of horses, garrison, and outside servants. Chamberlains took care of food and drink. The Steward took care of estates and finances.
5: The royalty ate all kinds of delicacies peasants and serfs did not. Dried peas and beans were the most common vegetables. Main meat dishes were lamb and beef. Venison was eaten after a successful hunt. Meat might be eaten with onions, garlic, or herbs from the castle garden. Egg and poultry were often eaten, too. Sometimes for breakfast they ate bread soaked in ale or watered wine. This just some of the many dishes the royalty ate in the Middle Ages. | What They Ate | Some things were really gross!!!!! But I wonder....
6: Clothes of the Royalty | The royalty dressed much differently then we do today. Lords wore velvet gowns with bagpipe sleeves & linen shirts underneath, a collar with a badge, & painted leather shoes. Ladies wore flowing gowns & head wear shaped liked hearts or butterflies. Jewelry was imported & expensive. Serfs could not afford the fabrics the wealthy wore. Only the wealthy could dress fashionably.
7: Oh, how fashion has changed!
8: Children | Childbirth was dangerous in the Middle Ages, because of limited medical knowledge. The standards of hygiene were low. Many mothers and babies died in childbirth. Noble marriages were arranged when children were still in cradles. Ladies and Lords usually married at age fourteen. A boy at only 7 years, would be sent to another castle (often of a relative). They became pages, or servant, and learned good manners. After seven years a boy would train as a squire, and usually would be knighted at twenty-one. Girls were also sent to another castle, but learned different things. They learned how to manage a household, sewing, and home making. One thing they were especially serious about was a girls manners. Especially in front of men.
9: Daily Schedule Of a Lords Daughter | !. Go down to a breakfast of bread soaked in ale. 2. Have manner lessons from Lady Marie. 3. Learn the art of laundry from the maid on the third floor. 4. Main meal of dried peas and lamb. 5. Cooking in the kitchen with chef Sara. 6. Sewing lessons in the courtyard. 7. Dinner of poultry to celebrate the good hunt.
10: Monarchs | Most medieval monarchs believed that God had given them the right to rule, but the power of monarchs varied greatly. Some had to work extremely hard to maintain their own kingdom. They had to rely on their vassals to provide enough knights and soldiers. Some monarchs relied so much on our their vassals that they had little real power. | Some kings include William the Conquerer of Normandy, King Henry II, King Richard I, and King Richard II.
12: Ladies were responsible for training and raising their own children, and often the children of other nobles. They also were responsible for overseeing the household. Some households included over | 100 people. She was in charge of the castles' food and menu. Even though she usually did not cook. In her spare time she would enjoy hunting, dancing,and playing board games. Such as chess and checkers. Marriages were always arranged, and there was no such thing as divorce. | Ladies
13: Lady from Middle Ages
14: It was the Lord's responsibility to manage and defend his land, and the people who worked it. | The lord appointed officials to make sure peasants carried out their work, and paid their taxes. In the form of crops and meat. | Lords, like monarchs were members of the nobility. They ran 1-5 manors, and lived on them. | Lords | Lord also acted as judges on the manor, and had the power to punish people who did not follow the law. | Lords were considered nobles more than Royals. They were servants to the king and supplied him with a decant army.
17: Closing | Nobility and Royalty in the Middle Ages was an important responsibility. Sometimes there were leaders who couldn't handle the responsibility. Then there were some leaders that lead their people into battle and came out successfully. It is and always will be important to have leaders, but in the Middle Ages, it was even more important.
19: Works Cited Clements, Gillian. The Truth about Castles. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda, 1990 Print. Gravett, Christopher. Eye Witness Books: Castle. New York: DarlingKingsley, 2000. Print. "Medieval Life." Mary Street Community School. 1 June 2001. Web. 09 Nov. 2011.