December 8, 2009
Okay, so here in Ireland and Britain we`re having the coldest winter in aeons, we`re trudging around up to our knees in snow and on thursday I didn`t even make it one hundred yards down the road before abandoning the car in the nearest car park and ice-skating (unintentionally) home again.
How did people in Tudor England deal with bad weather? Just think, no central heating, no radiators, no boilers. Must`ve been a nightmare! Were those tapestries supposed to block draughts?
Be daly prove you shalle me fynde,nTo be to you bothe lovyng and kynde,
January 5, 2010
October 11, 2009
Winter was surely a time of death and rude life in tudor time. As always it was easier for rich people and nobilities: they had furs, good woolen fabrics for their beds, great chimneys ans servants to put wood in them. The hardest time was for the poor. I don't know if they did the same thing in Tudor England, but I've been told that in French rural areas, people lived in the same place as their livestock, mostly cows, to take advantage of their bodie's heath. At the beginnig of the twenteth century, it was a common practice to put babie's cradles in stables, in order to keep them warm.
In \”Tales of the Green Valley\”, a series where 5 historians live on a farm as if it was the year 1620, they wore layers of cambric and woollen clothes and even managed to go out in the snow and not get hypothermia. They made the point that you had to avoid getting wet because the woollen clothes took so long to dry and that farmers and their families were always \”on the go\” and were not as sedentary as we are today. The men were out doing lots of physical labour on the farm and the women were mucking out the animals, feeding the animals, brewing ale, cooking and baking etc. so didn't get chance to feel the cold too much. The fire in the home always seemed to be going so that they had hot water and could cook, and then some houses would have had bread ovens too. All that would create warmth and then if you have brought your animals in for the winter I guess you could share with them and use their body warmth.
Our house is 300 years old and has no central heating so I always watch these programmes with interest!
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