Life in a Medieval Village
Rothenburg ob der Tauber
- Population consisted of mostly farmers
- The village was the central place where people worked, lived, married, socialized and attended church, enjoyed local festivals, gave birth to children and eventually died. They rarely if ever went beyond their village boundaries.
- Medieval society depended on the village for protection and most people called the village home.
- Life was hard work and always busy. Much of it was lived outdoors. Dress was simple (often made of wool) and they lived on a meager diet.
- Enormous amount of time were spent working the land and hopefully growing enough food to survive for another year.
- A few villages were temporary and they would move if the land was infertile or the weather too difficult.
- Other permanent villages existed for centuries. Each village had a Lord, although he might not make it his permanent residence.