I just got out of a hot shower, and am sipping a cup of hot chocolate while I listen to music on my iPhone in my heated apartment, while I write this article on a computer that allows me instant access to more information than I could ever process, so you’ll never convince me that life as a medieval peasant was better than my life today. However, there is one area that the peasants have us beat–they got a ton of days off.
Lynn Parramore, at evonomics, looked at what the leisure time of a peasant was like. Now granted, time off didn’t mean trips to the beach, but there certainly wasn’t the obligation to answer correspondence in the evenings. Of course, not being able to read was definitely part of that.
The Catholic Church, which controlled many areas of Europe, enforced holidays, where no work was allowed. In addition, things like weddings and births demanded time off, meaning your average peasant worked about 150 days per year.
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