Most people do not know what medieval life was like and they are probably going to be surprised about some of the facts about the medieval period. Most people develop the idea of knights in shining armor when they think about the medieval period. Tudor kings and pageants are the other things people think about whenever the words medieval life are mentioned. The timing of the medieval period is something that historians disagree about. Other people may know it as the Middle Ages, and it is said to have started at around 476 and ended at the start of the Renaissance period which is around 1485. By reading more here, you will be able to learn about some of the lesser known facts about the Middle Ages.
Peasants and knights formed a majority of the population. Until the years 1100, you could either be a serf or a knight. Most towns and cities across Europe grew during the twelfth century. The job distribution they had is one we can understand. Most peasants however owned their own and which means that they could not be serfs. Those who were tied to the land they own still experienced equal opportunities as fee men.
There were elections. Even though voting is viewed as a modern day phenomenon, people in the middle ages loved voting too. There were positions for mayors and bishops that were up for takes. In some cases, people could vote for their king too. The hereditary concept where it is passed from father to son is one that had no problems in England specifically between 1087 and 1189. It was normal for disputes to arise in other kingdoms and elections would be used to settle the disputes about leadership. Leadership disputes were also a common thing, and elections could sometimes be used to resolve the disputes. People were only allowed to vote on a local level with the higher levels being set aside for the nobles.
Travel was a lifestyle in the middle ages. Although it is true, not always did people grow up and die in the same place they were born. Many people traveled and even went on a pilgrimage. For others, travel was part of their trade as Europe imported silk, spices and other luxury goods from Asia and the Middle East. The volume, Journey to the Eastern Parts of the World, dates back to 1253.
People did not help even though the plague claimed many lives. There were a lot of lives lost through plague or the Black Death as it is also known. It wiped out close to sixty percent of the European population. People, however, did not know what spread the disease.