Medieval Life & Pageants! .....................A Simple life!

I am very fortunate to live where I do, here in Northumberland. With so many Castles and historic sites nearby I have a wealth of places to visit right on my doorstep. Perhaps one of the finest organisations to become a member of, if like me, you are a frequent, or for that matter infrequent visitor to historic places is the English Heritage who look after many sites from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles. Not only do they look after and maintain these fantastic places, but throughout the year stage special events such as medieval displays, falconry and more. In these pages I hope to show some of these pageants to give you a flavour of what life must have been like back in the days of Ladies, Lords, Knights and serfs. I hope you enjoy what you see. And of course I will be adding to the section over time.
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A womans work is never done

A woman's work is never done!

Medieval women were very much the heart of the home. Responsible for cooking, cleaning and mending as well looking after the children ..

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sew lady sew

Sew Lady Sew!

A stitch for love. A stich for hope. A stitch to keep you safe in battle. A stitch that you may return home one day to the bosom of your family dear. ..

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Man of the cloth

A man of the cloth!

Religion in medieval England was very strong with both peasant and lord alike and any man of the cloth was held in high regard. ..

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leather worker

Leather worker!

Make me a belt or a pair of shoes, or a quiver to store my arrows true. Make me a pouch to give to my wife to show that she is my one true love ..

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Rope Maker

Rope Maker!

Crank the handle all day long. twist the hemp in to strands of iron. Let it knot and turn till the rope is thick. That's what makes it nice and strong ..

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Portrait of a Lady in blue

Portrait of a Lady in blue!

Cooking over an open fire was common and even the baking of fresh bread was one this way. But the smell of fresh bread and wood smoke must have been heavenly. Or it would have been to me. ..

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A simple life

A simple life!

It was a simple life and sometimes a hard life, but there was still time to chat with friends and pass the time of day. Perhaps more so then than in the modern world of today where time is in short supply as we go about our busy lives.........

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Meal Preperation

Meal Preparation

Mother prepares a meal while father tills the land, or a soldier husband guards the castle and drills his men. Always watchful of threats from the north. Who knows when danger will come...

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Open fire Cooking

Open fire Cooking

No super markets then. For the poorer people it was a matter of growing your own food and for the middle and upper classes buying from the market. all meals were cooked over open fires ...

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Meal Time

Meal Time

A mother watches on as her daughter eats her meal. Crockery and utensils were mostly made from earthen ware and wood. ...

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But I don't like sprouts

But I don't like Sprouts

Nothing has changed much has it. Children then were just as fussy with their meals as they are today. Or at least the more affluent. The poorer children couldn't afford to be picky...

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Spill a yarn

Spill a yarn

Catching up with friends and spilling a yarn or two after the days work is done. No computers no TV to distract. Just a welcoming smile and a chat to pass the time of day......

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Chit chat

Chit chat

There is always time for a little chit chat while the meal cooks slowly on an open fire. Especially in summer. In winer and teh cold cold nights then best to move inside to cook......

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A Family Meal

A Family Gathering

The gathering around an open fire, when family just sit and chatter about their day . A simple life, yes. Sometime hard but for the most part a life where family came first and life was lived at a slower pace........

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A time for family

A time for Family!

After the day is gone and the work is done what better way to catch up on the days news than the family get together. What no TV? Families made their own entertainment .Life was so much simpler then and more sedate...

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Wool Spinning

Wool Spinning

That's how it was done back then. no machines to spin the wool it was all done by the hand of fair maidens...

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A carving for my Lord!

A carving for my Lord!

Master carvers were needed for all sorts of things from carving intricate roses for the masters doorway to huge blocks of stone for the castle ...

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And a new pair of shoes

And a new pair of shoes!

His skill didn't stop at masonry he also had to be talented at other things, like leatherwork. Tools may have been primitive compared to todays standards but the craftsmanship was second to none...

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Smile then the wench

Smile then the wench!

And even yon wench with husband who sleeps where men lay them down to sleep amongst the green grass far away. With children to feed left all alone, Can smile at the Jester who jests..

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The Barber Surgeon

The Barber Surgeon !

A Hair cut or perhaps some blood letting to cure that feeling of melancholy. The barber surgeon is the man to see . ..

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A troubled Lady

A troubled Lady!

A Lady of the court. Her husband a knight, soon to leave for battle far away. Pray he returns safely. Her prayer beads around her waist a constant solace in these troubled times..

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The Merchant Lady

The Merchant Lady!

A knight stops at a stall in the market place to peruse the merchants wares. Perhaps to buy a trinket for his loved one Soon he will march off to war. A trinket for her to remember him by should he not return. ......

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Smiling Lady

A smile for the customers!

Come one come all, come buy my wares. Pots and pans, baubles and beads or a trinket for your lady fair. A gift then for her to remember you by as you march to war. .........

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Smiling Lady

Sewn with love!

The men prepare to battle the wives and betrothed sew. Perhaps a new shirt to wear under his armour with a special stitch to show her love or a handkerchief to fold against his heart. .........

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The Weaver

The Weaver!

She sits alone with her thoughts, weaving with hand and with foot. A jersey to keep her lover warm on the cold winter nights whilst he is away at war.........

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