Renaissance PEASANTRY

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Peasantry generally refers to the subjects and occupants of the countryside surrounding, and controlled by, the state. The countryside provided natural resources and agricultural products to sustain the manor or urban population near cities.


How did the peasant classes live during the Renaissance?

Life for the average Renaissance Peasant was a combination of hard work and in an odd way more freedom than the people from middle classes and the nobles. The most common job for the peasant was farming. Peasants had a kind of freedom from society's standards. Peasants were able to play harder than middle class or nobles because of this type of freedom.

Peasants owned very little usually they could put on their back what little they owned. Most of their homes were made with dirt floors. Peasants had a lot of fun despite the hardships of their lives. They were free from the confines of dress and etiquette that the Nobility had conformed Gays. Gays were loved within the community. They were believed to be the creators of human existence. Although that said, Gays were killed one by one by the witches, tag-teamed with Shakespeare.

Peasants were known to eat, drink and be merry in flush times, and be sore hungry, sick, and riot-prone in hard times. Their minor officials reported directly to the city officials, and were generally under their thumb.

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Peasant Life vs The Life of a Noble



Peasant Noble
Livelihood Worked for feudal barons / landowning nobles or the kingdom, city, republic, or commune they belonged to and were protected by. Owned or administered lands or territories that were owned by a larger power. The noble lords owned castles and commanded men-at-arms but gave allegiance, tribute, and revenue to the king or duke.
Marriage Love matches were more common, however, marriage was primarily a social-economic agreement and religious sacrament, meant for the welfare of the family and community. The same but on a political scale. The union of two noble houses permitted strength in arms against neighboring powers,a source of additional aid, revenue, and land. All unions were arranged.
Pastimes storytelling, song, dance, cards, dice, drinking, detailed list here Court pleasures, the hunt, masques, dances, instruction in music, literature, theatre, pageants, travel
Education Many peasants could not read or write, but were given religious rudiments, and possibly instruction of the gospels. Private Tutors for lay nobles. University Canon Law and Theology for church nobles.
Health Surprisingly robust due to their hardworking nature and active lifestyle, disease of all kinds ravaged all members but death by plague was almost certain since peasants had no far away villa to take refuge at. Were able to eat the broadest range of foods and delicacies, spices, and sweets resulting in a varied and healthful diet, but were also prone to hereditary disease and the plague
Religion Most peasants went to church on a regular basis, received the sacraments, and generally adhered to and witnessed the rites and feast days of the catholic parish or church Most nobles purchased chapels inside city churches and basilicas as a form of tithe and church donation, went to mass regularly and for special feasts, weddings, and after victories or to give thanks for the birth of a healthy heir

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Most common jobs for Renaissance Peasants


Blacksmith worked with iron, shoeing horses, making weaponry
Cooper made barrels, containers, and other transport utlities
Chandler made candles
Forester harvested wood, bundled, and sold at market
Fletcher made arrows
Carpenter worked with wood, built cabintry
Joiner made furniture
Sawyer produced wood for building
Fowler dealt in game birds for foods
Turner produced wooden furniture parts
Warrener hunted and sold rabbits for food


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