The Working Class People of The Middle Ages

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In the social fabric of middle age society, peasants were the working class people (also called serfs) some had political claims but most were generally bound to those of higher class by common threads of servitude. To make a living; they contracted out their manual labor skills in exchange for goods and wages—from those who sought their services. This system of labor provided mutual benefit living conditions for the whole community.  Environment favored the worker since most materials needed by them could be found in nearby forests. This period in history provided a sort of blue print for our current day “work for wages” job market here in the U.S. The development of a castle society was a great attraction for these laborers because; the lords needed them and their skills to build their wealthy empires. With expansion of the economy Europe also attracted more trade, and in-turn, provided even more work opportunities for peasants. The work available made it possible for a lot of them to become upward mobile and prosperous, however, it also created opportunity for the noble to exploit their skills and cheat them out of their well earned money. Even though peasant laborers were pretty much the backbone of middle-age economy, they hardly got the credit deserved for the effort in helping expand community and social progress. The previous system of work in exchange for resources –from living on the lord’s land, was challenged because nobles were not satisfied with exploiting their labor— they also wanted them to pay for rent in the form of hard cash. The castle environment provided a high degree of protection for the peasants and helped make quality of life seem pretty good for them. They had time to engage in recreational activities like festivals, marriages, and public gatherings. This not only helped provide good forms of entertainment but, also helped to strengthen social bonds and family ties in the whole community. Their rhythm of life seemed to be more harmonious compared, with the prone to discord relations between the nobles system. They had stronger bonds of unity due to the fact that they were forced to the lower section of social order.


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