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27 Jul

Centers of Social Life in the Middle Ages

Churches, castles or manors, mills and pubs which were more or less closely tied with the feudal order were also the centers of social life in the Medieval Times. All classes of medieval society went regularly to church which greatly influenced the mentality of the medieval population. In the church did not took place only religious service but also non-religious debates and conversations, various games were played and business agreements were made, while the church’s bells alerted the local population in case of a danger or a fire. Despite the efforts of the clergy and ecclesiastical councils to limit the role of the church on solely religious center it became the center of various social activities and comparable with the role of the mosque in the Muslim world.

Important centers of medieval social life were also castles and manors of feudal lords which were also the centers of medieval entertainers, artists, poets, troubadours, actors and others who were there with the purpose to amuse castle’s owners and their guests.

The majority of medieval population which comprised of peasantry and lived in the villages had besides work and attending to mass very little time left. They commonly met in places which were closely tied with work such as mills, smithies and grape presses, and chatted with each other while waiting in line.

Very important center of social life both in villages and in medieval cities were the pubs where gathered people from certain village or certain neighborhood as well as of particular region, origin and profession. In pubs spread news, rumors, informations, legends and myths, while the conversations and debates in the pubs greatly influenced the mentality of its customers.

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