AP Euro Summer Work
The manor was the basis of rural organization and life. The manor's land was divided into sections. There was the home manor for the lord while the other section was occupied by peasants. This portion was larger and divided into stripes that were scattered about and yielded different produce. All the peasants would work together to maintain this land, therefore sharing its prosperity as well as its downfalls. The manor also consisted of pastures to graze the animals and forest as a source of wood and animal food. The method of agriculture used by the peasants was the open field system. This system divided land into 3 large fields, 2 of which contained produce while the last one remained unoccupied. This rotated every year. Crop rotation efficiently helped land last longer while animal manure and compost helped to fertilize and rejuvenate the soil.
Manor life was efficient because of the knowledge held by the peasants which in turn helped the families prosper.
Women played a significant role in medieval society. The worked with men in the agriculture and textile industries. They were hired just as frequently as men and for many of the same jobs. Not only did they work outside but they also worked to do household chores. The most important job a woman had was to manage the house. This was extremely difficult due to their content pregnancies and jobs outside of the house. Some of the jobs women had outside of their homes were dangerous. Women worked in the production of ale and many fell into vats of boiling liquid. This danger kept some women home as housewives cooked, cleaned baked, and took care of the children. Medieval women do not fit into the stereotypes most...