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  • Ian Green
    Jan 31, 2013
      An excellent book about how people lived in the Middle Ages would be:

      Making a living in the Middle Ages: The People of Britain 850-1520 by
      Christopher Dyer, PhD.



      Highly suggest the book for anyone interested in how people lived in the
      Middle ages for England, Wales and Scotland. It covers the nobility, the
      non-nobles and the Church very well.

      Yours in Service,

      Ian the Green

      On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM, Ian Green <ianthegreen01@...> wrote:

      > I know several people who have non-nobility personas. I know a couple of
      > which who have personas and lowly lay friars as well.
      > It is rare in the SCA to see these personas but they are as legitimate as
      > any other persona to have and to play. That said, the default is that yes,
      > you are minor nobility until or unless you have received awards that make
      > you a "higher" class of nobility. Most of the people I know who play the
      > serfs and lay friars are of the highest orders in the SCA. They still
      > enjoy having serf personas.
      > Much like other things in the SCA, we politely ignore the obvious
      > inconsistencies. You can't be a peasant/serf and be a peer of the realm in
      > historical reality. Becoming a peer of the realm would automatically
      > elevate someone from whatever station they were into one of the highest
      > possible stations. Oh well, its the SCA, where we let you be what you want
      > to be more or less.
      > You don't get to call yourself a Knight, but you can earn that title. You
      > can't be Prince, Princess, King, Queen, Duke, Duchess, Count, Countess,
      > Viscount, Viscountess, Baron, Baroness, The Honorable Lord, The Honorable
      > Lady, Lord, Lady, Master and/or Mistress (feminine of Master,) unless you
      > EARN those titles. Just about everything else is fair game.
      > As for how much free time Peasants had, more than most people think. In
      > fact for most of the time period of the SCA peasants and serfs had shorter
      > work hours during the week than a full time employee does today. Yes,
      > Yours in Service,
      > Ian
      > On Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:14 PM, shelbystein <shelbystein@...>wrote:
      >> **
      >> Thanks! I appreciate all of the great information. I realize the middle
      >> ages, while being really cool, weren't so great for everyone! I think it
      >> was mentioned that everyone is part of the nobility. Are there no serfs?
      > --
      > Yours In Service,
      > THLord Ian the Green
      > "Veritatem resistit simplicitate"
      > My Blog <http://scribescribbling.wordpress.com/>

      Yours In Service,

      THLord Ian the Green

      "Veritatem resistit simplicitate"

      My Blog <http://scribescribbling.wordpress.com/>

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