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How did people sharpen their swords in medieval times?
Casually, to maintain an existing weapon, they would use a whetstone and carefully rub it against the blade's edges, at a certain angle and with a certain manner of stroke. To give a blade its initial edge, typically it would be sharpened with a grinding wheel by the cutler who assembled and shaped it. Presumably, if you wanted a more professional sharpening of your dulled sword, or you wanted to file down a chip in the blade, you could take it to a cutler and have it resharpened by a grinding wheel, though doing this too often would probably result in a thinner blade.
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Their own feet and horses were the most common modes of transportation. Horses could be ridden or else pull wagons, carts and sleds. Oxen, asses,donkeys,camels and elephants… were also used as draft animals.
They didn't eat things that were much different from what we eat today. The peasants would grow vegetables (carrots, lettuce, onion, turnips, peas, cabbage, spinach, grains (b…arley, oats, rye, and wheat), fruits (grapes, cherries, plums, apples and crab apples). Meat *deer, wild boar, etc.) was hunted and cattle, pigs and sheep were raised. The most common served was pork. There was some fresh beef, fish and fowl. Honey was used as a sweetener in cakes and pastries. They did make a seasoning that was like cider from crab apples it was called verjuice. Drinks were wine, mead, and ale. Only the nobility ate from plates of silver or gold. Most people used trenchers. This could be one of two things. One could be a slab of thick bread with the food put on top and the other was a slab of wood. Often two people ate off the same trenchers. Spices were used by the rich to make the food more edible. Salt was valuable and kept in a saltcellar or small box.
1st Answer: No. The people in the Medieval times never would have heard such a word. In a movie about medieval times, if there is someone with a diary, THAT would be an anach…ronism. an anachronism is when an object is put in the wrong time order, e.g, King Henry the eighth is in his garden reading on his IPAD. the reason why this is an example of an anachronism is because when King Henry the eighth was alive, there weren't such a thing. 2nd Answer: Yes, some medieval people kept diaries. Diaries were first produced in ancient times, but were not in the same form as they currently are, because they were not bound, and when they were compiled and published, they were usually reordered and edited so anything regarded as unimportant was removed. We have a diary of ibn Banna, who lived in the 11th century, that was ordered by date, and very much like a modern diary in form. We have other diaries from medieval Europe, but they were compiled by people other than the author, usually according to subject matter, and for that reason not considered to have the modern form. Better preserved manuscripts from the Late Middle Ages include diaries of quite modern form. The anonymous Journal d'un bourgeois de Paris covers the years 1405 to 1449 is quite modern in form. Other diaries date from the same time or a little earlier. These are usually ascribed to the Renaissance rather than the Middle Ages, even though they are from the time that the Renaissance and the Middle Ages overlapped. Nevertheless, for the purpose of this question, they are medieval. By the way, Henry VIII was not medieval, but of a later time. There is a link below to the history section of an article on diaries.
Yes, the peasants ate tons of the stuff - it was tasty, nutritious and free! You only need access to sheep or cattle for milk and you only have to spend half an hour or so in …churning to produce two foodstuffs - butter and buttermilk. This is because churning separates the milk solids (butter) from the liquid (buttermilk). Manors had dairymaids who were responsible for making both butter and cheese for the lord's table; often the buttermilk went to the shepherds as part of their daily allowance during the summer months.
yes, nearly all of them as a fact. those who didn't believe in God made sure no one else knew that they didn't believe in God and when asked they would always say that t…hey believe in God, because if people knew that they didn't believe in God they would be called a witch and in most cases they were either hung ,burned or drowned.
Yes they did have mirrors but they were just polished metal plates. These plates were usually brass.
First of all, this is medieval times we're talking about here; they didn't have daily mail or newspaper delivered. Most people in that time were peasants, so they did not rec…eive mail or post because they were viewed as insignificant to the superior nobles and such. They were extremely poor as well, so they could not pay couriers to deliver letters. The people that did get letters were the nobles, barons, kings, and other people of higher ranking and significance. These letters were sent by other nobles and such through couriers or messengers. Usually, though, these messages would be read aloud, and not read by the king or noble himself. So, overall, only nobles and those of higher feudal class received letters, and those letters were carried by messengers or couriers to the noble on foot or horse, and usually read aloud. In certain cases, if the messenger opened up the message before getting to the recipient, their could be severe punishments.
Various drinking vessels were in use during the medieval period. Wealthy people favored silver cups. Poor people might use an animal horn, a gourd, or a carved wooden cup. Cer…amic was used for cups. It was very rare for drinking vessels to be made of glass.
If you mean how did medieval people reckon the time, it was only very approximate and to the nearest hour. There is a relic of this in the modern French term "Quelle heure est…-il?" and the German "Wie viel Uhr ist es?" for asking the time - both mean "What hour is it?". Medieval people had absolutely no understanding of minutes or seconds, because such things could not be measured; hours were only roughly measured by dividing up the daylight period into twelve (so winter hours were shorter than summer hours). The position of the sun in the sky would provide a fairly good guide to the hour of the day. With a huge number of churches, chapels and monastic sites across the landscape, the far-reaching sound of bells would also be a good guide to the hour. A medieval person might say "I was just ploughing the last furrow a little after the Compline bell" and everyone would understand what time was meant. Even when the first mechanical clocks were developed, they only had an hour hand so minutes could still not be measured.
Swords and knife blades came in a wide variety of qualities but the best were forged from iron with bars of steel combined during the smithing. The cutting edges would be of s…teel and the blade might be "pattern welded" to create an intricate design along the entire length. Steel was simply iron with a high carbon content produced by adding charcoal as the iron was melted; this created a strong but brittle steel. Adding this to much softer iron prevented the steel from breaking in use. Sword design changed immensely during the very long medieval period (as did every other aspect of life). In the 11th and 12th century swords had fairly wide blades with a groove down each face; guards were straight or slightly down-curving, grips were for just one hand (the other was needed for the shield) and pommels were heavy and often brazil-nut shaped. Later swords were for two hands and could be very long. The guards and pommel could be of copper alloy (bronze) and the grip was often of wood covered in leather. The link below takes you to an interesting website giving details of genuine medieval sword types:
Middle Ages Drink The people of the Middle Ages enjoyed to drink, and as water was often unclean, it was a necessity. The poor drank ale, mead or cider and the rich were able… to drink many different types of wines. Beer is not only one of the oldest fermenting beverages used by man, but it is also the one which was most in vogue in the Middle Ages.
Well... The poor wore animal hides and the rich wore embroided robes
yes they did sometimes for something as little as stealing a loaf of bread
In the middle ages, people traveled by:walkingriding horses, donkeys, mulesriding in carts or wagonsboats and rafts
People were not hung, they were hanged. There is a considerable difference. Hanging was the usual death penalty in England and some other European countries, where a serious …offence such as treason or murder warranted such a penalty. Hangings were usually in public and the victim was strangled by being suspended by a rope around the neck until he was dead. Being hung was part of the far more rare sentence: to be hung, drawn and quartered. This was most often used for rebels against the king's authority. It involved being briefly hung by the neck but not killed, being cut down, disembowelled while still alive, then being beheaded and the corpse cut into four quarters - these and the head were prominently displayed as a warning to others.
I have seen different statements on the history of soap. One said it was invented in the middle ages, and another said it was ancient. The Latin name for it was a word I recog…nized, with the root "sapo." This comes from Germanic sources, but was, in fact, Latin, and not Late Latin, so I would be inclined to believe it was ancient. Regardless, hard soap was an invention of the Middle Ages. There was a soap makers guild very early, in the seventh century, in at least one Italian city. And in writings of the time of Charlemagne, soap making was said to be an honorable craft. People of the Middle Ages believed a clean and healthy body was indicative of a clean and healthy soul. They also believed that disease could be spread by bad air, and that foul odors were therefore an evil. They were usually very clean. Clearly soap was important to them as it was how they got themselves clean.