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Peculiarities about feudal society


The castles

The feudal lords lived in fortified castles set in the midst of their lands. Until the tenth century, they were usually made of wood. With the enrichment of the feudal lords, the castles are now built of stone, forming true fortresses.

Within him lived monotonously the lord, his family, his household and, in case of war, all the vassals who sheltered there from the common enemy. The interior of the castle was large but cold, spartanly furnished, offering little convenience. The only amusements were, especially on rainy days, the singing of the jogis and the graces of the buffoons. On sunny days, periodically, the lord of the castle went hunting, or promoted tournaments with neighboring knights, happily disputing the game of weapons.

The servants of the land

The humblest of the vassals were the servants of the land, who had so little humiliates no vassals. It was the lowest rung of feudal society. Besides having to till the land of his overlord, they gave him the best of his crops. In war they had to fight by their side, sometimes armed only with sticks or precarious spears. They were subject to render any service to their master. They could not marry, relocate, inherit any good unless they had their master's permission. They lived in wretched huts on their own landlords' own lands.

Ordeal

It was the custom to subject the accused from crime to danger to see if he was guilty. (For example, putting a hand in boiling water; holding a red-hot iron. It was believed that if innocent, God would produce a miracle, not letting any harm happen to the presumed culprit.) The Church fought against this custom, seeking to extinguish it.

The duels

The nobles used to practice the duel, to resolve their personal issues. The Church also fought against this, which sought to bring the judgment of crimes to the courts of princes and lords, who would be responsible for administering justice.

The woman

The woman in feudal society was considered a mere instrument, a breeding machine, and the object of exclusive ownership and possession of her husband, her master and lord. She had no right, not even to choose her future husband and when they wanted to get married.

The legendary chastity belt

It was an iron or leather device that men put on their wives and had a lock (or a kind of lock) to prevent them, in the absence of their husbands, from having extramarital affairs.

The chastity belt had only one hole (not two as many historians and plastic artists who try to retrieve the myth of this odious piece) draw through where it exits the woman's feces and urine. The major problem was that, because they could not be hygienic, women ended up with serious urinary tract infections by Escherichia coli, a bacterium that is a constituent of normal gut flora, but which in the urinary system causes a very serious infection that can cause nephritis. , nephrosis and lead to death. Many died very young because of this kind of custom.

Homosexuality

There were practically no declared and assumed homosexuals in the Middle Ages, for the Catholic Church severely punished them, and in the face of the horrors to which they were subjected, no man declared himself homosexual or assumed his condition and sexual choice.

Habits

Hygiene in the Middle Ages was the weak point, so much so that it made possible the spread of diseases that nearly wiped out all medieval Europe, especially the Black Death (bubonic plague) that exterminated almost two thirds of the population.

Food

Basically game meat, some domestic animals and vegetables.

Recreation

The amusements of men, knights, overlords, and servants were largely duels, women, and childcare.

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