Social Life and Customs in the 1400’s

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Social Life and Customs
In The 1400’s

By: Torrey Cervantes

It was a dark time for people living during the 1400’s also known as the 15th century. Renaissance art was blossoming and people wanting to learn about it and how all of it came to be was very interesting for the people of that time. There was also civil wars and battles happening off and on such as The War of the Roses as well as when Joan of Arc had led the French against English. This was also a time when people were trying to get back to the way things used to be before The Black Death happened. Many lost loved ones and couldn’t keep land or even maintain the land because of the plague and the battles that were happening. I could go on and on about all the events that took place during the 1400’s, but I would like to share with you the social life and customs of the people during the 1400’s. I will start with the life for men and women, different classes of people, church life for the people, activities during that era, the start of humanism and the two people that led the way, Desiderius Eramus and Niccolo Machiavelli. Let me begin with the women and men of the 1400’s and what their lives were like.

Males above the serf class were expected to become knights. They served as the medieval army, protecting their lords, and the king's interests. Women had pretty much no power since they did not serve as soldiers. A woman's place in medieval society was determined by her significant male's standing - either her husband's, father's, or brother's. A man might go off to fight for years in a war and leave his wife in charge of things while he was away, but the moment he returned she was expected to let him have all the power. When a woman lost her male protector, she often lost her identity and became a person people rejected. Choices for women were extremely limited. A female serf virtually had no choice, since serfs actually belonged to the land on which they lived and worked. The...
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