Women had no rights and were not treated very well. The peasant woman would take care of the children, cook the meals, help plant the crops, help reap the crops, carry the water, make the tallow candles, feed the animals, try to stay warm and dry. Some became nuns and spent their lives in a nunnery. Many women were abused and mistreated.
it depends on the class. if they where noble-women then they would basically sit around like a trophy wife.but if they were serfs then they would work along side the family "making clothes, milking cows" cooking meals... all though not hunting so much...(not only was it a mans thing, but it was a nodelmans thing)
Medieval women did many of the same things medieval men did, though they did spend more time than the men working in their homes and with their children. Of course, since most people were peasants, most medieval women worked on farms.
Other medieval women worked in textile, clothing, service, and food industries, as we would imagine. But women did many things we would not so easily guess. I recently read a paper on the construction of a church in France where the majority of the workers, including carpenters and masons, were women. Some of these were masters of their trades.
In the essay, "Women in the Medieval Guilds," Saunders lists the following professions women were known to have worked in: "brewer, laundress, barrel and crate maker, soap boiler, candle maker, book binder, doll painter, butcher, keeper of town keys, tax collector, shepherd, musician, rope maker, banker, money lender, inn keeper, spice seller, pie seller, woad trader, wine merchant, steel merchant, copper importer, currency exchanger, pawn shop owner, lake and river fisherwoman, baker, oil presser, builder, mason, plasterer, cartwright, wood turner, clay and lime worker, glazier, ore miner, silver miner, book illuminator, scribe, teacher, office manager, clerk, court assessor, customs officer, porter, tower guard, prison caretaker, surgeon and midwife." According to the Wikipedia article, "Horses in the Middel Ages," women also worked as farriers and saddle makers. (links below)
There were a number of women who were musicians. There was even a medieval word, trobairitz, which meant female troubadour. The list of women we know of who were troubadours is fairly long, and many of their lives were documented to some extent.
A surprising number of women were soldiers. This was true throughout the Middle Ages. In the Early Middle Ages, there were nations, such as the Saxons, in which it was common for women to go into combat. Fastrada, a Saxon soldier in a war against Charlemagne, later married him, and they had two daughters. But there were many others.
Of course, most women married. The laws pertaining to marriage varied widely from place to place and from time to time. While the Church concerned itself with sins and morality, including the sin of adultery, it seems not to have concerned itself with the actual marriage, and medieval marriages only included Church ceremonies for wealthy people, nobility, and royalty. Arranged marriages, which were common where there was a lot of money or power involved, were different for the common people. They were probably common family functions in some place, but were clearly unheard of for most of the people in others. Poorer medieval women usually married after they had saved money for dowries, to establish their households, and this was usually when they were 25 or older in many places, according to what records we have. In many places, women were allowed to choose their own partners if they had achieve majority.
The property laws pertaining to married couples were also highly varied. Some medieval women clearly were allowed to retain their own property, and others were not. Eleanor of Aquitaine retained her titles and lands when she married and was divorced from King Louis VII, and when she married Henry II, she remained in control, actually to the point of using her income from Aquitaine to support the rebellions of her sons against her husband. In England, women lost their property when they married in the 13th century, but regained title, though not necessarily use, of the land in the 14th century.
It was a pattern in medieval life that married couples worked together. Men did not want their families to suffer poverty when they died, so guilds often had provisions for women members. This way, widows and daughters of members could continue family businesses and pass them to their children. In some cases, women could join guilds on their own, independently. And although many guilds were closed to women, there were also guilds that were closed to men; the silk and textile guilds of Paris and Cologne were for women only.
Interesting medieval women included the following:
It is probably worth noting that of the ten famous medieval women mentioned above, six were of common rank.
There are links below for more information.
Women in mediveal times they work pretty hard. The great marjority of them were peasants. Some of these stayed on the farm got married raised there children cooked and open fires in the middle of the dirt floor of their cottages. so of them worked with their husband on the fields.others worked for themseleves or for bussinesses, operating looms and spinning wheels, finishing fabrics and sewing.others took in laundary. these are just a few ideas of what some of the women do in mediveal times.
Muriel Joy Hughes has written: 'Women healers in medieval life and literature' -- subject(s): History, History of Medicine, History, Medieval, Literature and medicine, Medicine, Medieval, Medieval History, Medieval Medicine, Physicians in literature, Physicians, Women, Women, Women healers in literature, Women in literature, Women physicians
no, women didn't participate in anything in medieval times, women were looked down on and it was inappropriate.
the exclusion of women from medieval universities affected their lives
The average life expectancy for women in medieval Europe was about forty years.
There were medieval women in court. There were places where medieval women were not only in court, they ran the court. There is a link below to a list of female monarchs. Those who were in Europe or countries that were European and Asian, and who reigned between 476 and 1492 are considered medieval.
Alcuin Blamires has written: 'The case for women in medieval culture' -- subject(s): Civilization, Medieval, History, Medieval Civilization, Women, Women in literature 'The Canterbury tales' -- subject(s): Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages in literature, History and criticism, Medieval Tales, Tales, Medieval
no noble were richer
Medieval lords were people who governed acres of land for the kind.
well, medieval women got married, they wore dresses made of bear fur that was rare back then.
No. Only men were able to become citizens of any medieval towns. Not women
they were not.
they would cook for the men
what did women use for their periods in old days
The jewelry that the women wore in medieval times included girdles, brooches, chains, circlets and collars among others. Jewelry was commonly worn by the wealthy women.
Men and boys acted in medieval plays and women never acted in them. Medieval plays were also played in a single day.
No. This is modern. --- Yes, it seems medieval women had scarves. They were introduced in ancient Rome and have been used ever since. There is a link below.
Give birth and become nuns.
This would be nuns in a nunnery.