Monday, December 06, 2010

Merrie Olde After All?

Maybe being a serf or a villein in the Middle Ages was not such a grim existence as it seems.

Medieval England was not only far more prosperous than previously believed, it also actually boasted an average income that would be more than double the average per capita income of the world's poorest nations today, according to new research.

A little music.

A yule log.

And maybe a boar. But surely some warm drink.


Quite Rightly said...

Did the authors mention that the peasants managed to produce their standard of living while enjoying more than a hundred Christian feast days?

Anne said...

Of course not.

Thinking about that, though, it is even more remarkable.

Obviously there was lots of goodwill and hard work that spilled over on the other days:)

Anne said...

Of course, you Quite Rightly point this out:)