Life in the 1500

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  1. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

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    ** 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 1500's:


    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
    existence.

    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
    crust.

    Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would
    sometimes
    knock a person 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 ! ! !

    Educate someone. Share these facts with a friend
     
  2. McGoo

    McGoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    What a wealth of information! Just love it! [​IMG] Who knew [​IMG]
     
  3. nccountrygirl

    nccountrygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 31, 2007
    Sanford N.C.
    That was awesome. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. ilovemychickies

    ilovemychickies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cool! [​IMG]
     

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