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Was this ever part of our lessons in school?

Life in the 1500's... The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.

Here are some facts about the 1500s. These are interesting...

1. Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odour. Hence, the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married!

2. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children, last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

3. Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

4. There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

5. The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway. Hence the saying a "thresh hold."

Getting quite an education, aren't you?

6. In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold
overnight and then start over the next day.

Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas
porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old." :rolleyes:

Rrrrrring! Recess....
(to be continued...)
 

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7. Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

8. Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

9. Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."

10. Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."

11. England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a "bone-house" and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of
25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the "graveyard shift") to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be "saved by the bell" or was considered a "dead ringer."

And that's the truth... Now, whoever said that History was boring! Educate someone. :D
 

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Just in case you were wondering.... in the 1500's a typical breakfast & lunch for the average family was made from oats, water, salt mixed together to form a thick porridge, which was then poured into a small drawer in the sideboard (lined with fabric), left to set and eaten slliced as if it were bread (eugh).
 

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ooooOoooo I read about bell ringing in the book 'Stiff' about cadavers, lmao...they would string up bells on the arms/hands of supposed dead people, for like 24 hours or so, and if they heard a dingalingaling, someone would come check to see if the person was alive...bc of live burial issues, ooooo creeeeeeppyyy!
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3. Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

I always wondered!!!!! :eek:
 

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more useless info:-

Nobody trusted or liked millers, due to their high social standing (they were mates with the locals lords/estate owners - who controlled the village/parish), as they shared profits and essentially kept the local economy going). This in turn meant that no-one would socalise with millers or marry them, therefore they only married daughters of millers and it was always a family business. if the miller died them the miller's wife would take over. They were also the only people who could afford paper, pens & ink other than priests 7 landowners/lords.

millers kept diaries of how the millstone had been performing and if there had been any problems - this was because the lifespan of a millstone could last generations and it aided repairs and problems solving. often these diaries contained important (to us) info on daily village life, sometimes they would contain gossip from letters that the miller had been paid to read on behalf of villagers (who couldn't read). millers were the only people other than priests and the very rich who were educated.

When they milled the grains they usually took 1/11th of a peck as their payment for milling, often it was more ;) , which didn;t help their popularity.

When a new millstone was needed the local stonemason would make it and the entire village would roll it to the miller (who usually lived a little way outside of the village) as part payment for milling for them.

That's all! :D
 
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