Notes from a Medieval City circa 1250
I just finished reading “Life in a Medieval City” by Joseph and Frances Gies.
It is about the city of Troyes in France, not too far from Paris, that was famous for its seasonal fairs. Really enjoyable book and it is shocking how little has changed in the last 800 years.
I couldn’t help but read it with a red-pill tinted lense, and I had to share a number of quotes, common knowledge for at least 800 years.
Read more history. I find it comforting to discover that things that are broken today have been broken for millennia, and it helps me tune out the noise and focus on what is really important.
Here we go, interesting quotes from the book, followed by my snarky comments:
The modern housewife trope of the 1950’s was not normal. Women were actually kind of an asset to a business – life was hard and they had to be. Marriage sounds like you at least get some free labor out of the deal.
A craftsman had status and was leading his family in the business. A patriarch. That sounds pretty good.
Interesting that daughters often also learned the craft of their fathers.
Boys and girls have different interests and different strengths. Educating women in languages and music is a good thing. Educating women in STEM or MMA is kind of silly.
Sounds like an Eastern European stereotype…
Interesting to consider that henpecked beta provider husbands controlled by their wives was the norm. Been like that for at least 800 years.
This is where the title of this post comes from. 800 year old daygame wisdom:
Women, be careful to whom you give IOIs, men will misinterpret them
Men: IOIs from women don’t mean much
A gentleman doesn’t kiss and tell. Girls should also keep their mouths shut. But when women enter into validation and status competitions with one another, as they do, she is shamed when she is scorned, dumped, left, etc. Heav’n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred turn’d, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn‘d. But in this case, she kind of brought it upon herself.
I have no idea what a décolletage is, but it sounds slutty, french and I would probably like it. I looked it up and it is a low neckline. So a lady doesn’t show off her cleavage.
How did she afford to travel to all these places on her Instagram? Whether or not it is true, one can’t help but wonder at her honor.
It will break her heart by refusing to answer her. Women should ignore other women scolding them. Frame is powerful. As men, more women need to be ignored. It is hard to ignore some women who deserve it, especially when they are hot.
Rivelino is going to love this. Keeping clean was probably more difficult 800 years ago. Perfume was invented to mask odors. This was before the black plague in 1350.
We are a bit removed from this in modern life, but sex was literally risking her life 800 years ago… …it was a big deal. That is still hardwired into women today, whether modern men and women realize it or not.
Wait, this isn’t true?
Don’t let a fat party girl nurse your baby. Makes sense.
Whatever happened to the dowry system? I speculate that marriage for love vs marriage within one’s social class changed this and became a contributing factor to the amount of divorce out there.
Interesting that common law was 1/3 of a husbands assets after death. The paragraph prior to this one explained that divorce was extremely rare.
The “long engagement” has been around for a loooooong time… Imagine the scoundrel daygamers of 1250 promising betrothal, only to disappear come winter.
A medieval tavern sounds like a strip club. Some things haven’t changed much in 800 years. Oldest profession indeed…
Also, a servant girl in Champagne is literally a “french maid.” Sounds hot.
Oldest profession indeed. Wasn’t there a British woman with a PhD that moonlighted as a prostitute? My bad, she was actually American…
Things haven’t changed much in 800 years, for better or worse.