Life in the 1500's - Fiberglass RV

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Old 04-09-2006, 12:54 PM   #1
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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 the1500s:

These are interesting...

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 odor. Hence
the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.

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..

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 fall off the roof.
Hence the saying . It's raining cats and dogs.

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

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 added 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?)

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..

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..

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.

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 the upper

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.

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 History was boring ! ! !

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Old 04-10-2006, 02:18 PM   #2
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Whenever anyone in my family complains to me about "how hard life is today" I really roll my eyes at them! I always ask them- do you have central heat? A/C? A Car? hot and cold running water? Do you have bedbugs? did any of your children die from childhood disease? Look at you- aren't you at least 30lbs overweight??? What in the WORLD are you complaining about?????

I am one of those nutty people who LOVE to go the Renaissance Faires all dressed up. So one can "play dress up" and act silly, all in fun!

I had to laugh at some online article I read about a group of College Students who decided to attend the CA Faire "in REALLY HISTORICAL" Garb and manner..... They dressed as actual filthy, toothless, diseased peasants! Scabs, puss-filled scrofula sores, and all. They would beg for food, and hang out by the garbage cans and grab for and "fight over" and "eat" people's leftovers~! Give some folks something to think about, hey?

They were of course, a bit too real and were asked to leave!!
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