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Rachel Gale Period 5 Mrs. Overton 5 February 2019 Noble Women vs Peasant Women The amount of money people have can greatly affect their everyday lives. In the world today there are many different people of various social classes, financial situations, etc. Depending on one’s situation, it will govern his or her life. It affects the kind of house one lives in, the clothes one wears and, most importantly, the things one is able to do. Civilizations have been like this for thousands of years and, in the middle ages it was the same concept. One key difference in the medieval times, however, was that one was born into a class of people and there was no moving up or down in the class system; this was called feudalism (“The Middle Ages”). Clearly, the daily lives of each class were drastically different. Someone could be a serf that works all day with little food and is unable to leave the property they were born on. Another fellow, granted they have immense luck, could be King, with the power to rule the nation. Notwithstanding, there was an unequal distribution in power; the majority of the population had been peasantry, while there was only a small group of nobility. To be a female during the Middle Ages though, would have been worse since they had to deal with the pressure of the class system, as well as being considered inferior to men. The male-dominated church taught that women were lesser morally and mentally (Bleiberg, 340). In both poor and fortunate circumstances, women were limited due to oppression from men, but the question is which one had the better advantage. A noble woman’s daily life was less strenuous, and presented them with bounteous opportunities due to their leverage in freedom, extended leisure time and, enhanced
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living conditions. Freedom is what some people might call a basic right, something to be expected. Nonetheless, feudalism is an altogether different approximation. A noble lady could have pursued “her political interests and those of the . . . king, in whose court she appeared” (Tyler 262). To be able to make a difference in the government at that time, and even today, is a tremendous privilege. It was even more of a big deal considering women were not well respected at the time. Noble women were able to use their position in society to have a voice. This is
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  • Personal life, Nobility, peasant women, noble women

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