European Social Classes Essay

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European Social Classes

An unknown poet in the medieval times described the three social classes of European
society of his time in this way: "One toils, one prays, and one defends." Let us examine
these social classes, their lives and what part they played in building their Europe.

One Toils

The common place peasants were referred to as toilers, because they held the base
positions of workers (farmers, welders, herders, barbers). Their lives consisted of ever
changing working assignments that were dictated by season and need by superior officials
(clergy or political). Their homes were of simple design made of wood frames, which were
stuffed with straw and rubber then plastered over with clay. The roof was simply thatched
together. Homes of the poorer had but one room, while others consisted of two, one for
eating and activities and one for sleeping. Their food was adequate if resources
permitted, grown from their own backyard and meat was only consumed on special occasions
because it was not readily available. An interesting fact was that the bread that the
peasants grew was highly nutritious because it contained not just wheat and rye but it was
also made with barley, millet, and oats. These grains served another purpose as well, they
were used to make ale. Ale was the poor man's liquor, and according to records a large sum
was consumed and was responsible for a lot death tolls in medieval court records. All in
all the "toilers" were a simple people, but in their simplicity were the foundation of
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