Medieval Living conditions (GCSE History OCR B)

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What class were most Medieval people of?
Working class (peasants)
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What was the main form of Medieval work?
Farm labour
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When were printing presses made?
1470s
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What beliefs did most have in the Medieval period?
Roman Catholic beliefs
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What were taxes mainly used for in the Medieval period?
The king's court and to fight wars.
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How was countryside housing for upperclassmen in the Medieval period?
Large manor houses, so comfortable
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How was countryside housing for peasants in the Medieval period?
Small huts, animals inside, no glass windows/
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How was town housing for upperclassmen in the Medieval period?
Small, but had gardens, and had workshops in them as well (merchants/craftsmen)
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How was town housing for peasants in the Medieval period?
Very cramped, dirty and filled with waste.
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How was water brought to towns in the Medieval period?
Conduits (rare) or water sellers
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How was water brought to the countryside in the Medieval period?
Fresh water from springs/wells/rivers - not always clean as shared with animals
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How was waste dealt with in Medieval towns?
Public latrines and cesspits cleaned by rakers and gongferming
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How was waste dealt with in the Medieval countryside?
Waste heaps called middens, cesspits and waste recycled as fertiliser
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What did Medieval peasants eat/drink?
Rye bread, pottage, ale and cider
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What did Medieval rich people eat/drink?
Wheat bread, meat and fish, cheese/eggs/nuts/fruit
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Why were good harvests so important to the health of Medieval people?
Most relied on agriculture to eat and survive, so a bad harvest would bring famine and death.
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What was a Gonfermer?
Somebody paid to cleaned waste from Medieval streets
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What were the different types of housing available to Medieval people?
Country manors (Rich), country huts (poor), expensive town houses (rich) and small town huts (poor)
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