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    The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500's.

    These are interesting...

    Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getti! ng married.

    Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children Last of all the babies. By then the water was so dir! ty you c ould actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "Don't throw the baby out with the bath water."

    Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw-piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and off the roof. Hence the saying "It's raining cats and dogs."

    There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mes! s up your nice clean bed. Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That's how canopy beds came into existence.

    The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the saying "dirt poor." The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway.
    Hence the saying a "thresh hold."

    (Getting quite an education, aren't you?)

    In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day they lit the fire and added things to the pot. They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get c! old overnight and then start over the next day. Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, "Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old."

    Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off It was a sign of wealth that a man could "bring home the bacon." They would cut off a little to share with guests and would all sit around and "chew the fat."

    Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

    Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or "upper crust."

    Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial. They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up. Hence the custom of holding a "wake."
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    Default Re: Life in the 1500's

    Quote Originally Posted by amylong
    ...think about how things used to be. Here are some facts about the 1500's.

    These are interesting...
    Yup. They are interesting. Where'd you come up with those?

    Pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedan
    Yup. They are interesting. Where'd you come up with those?

    Pretty good.
    I was born then.
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    Default Re: Life in the 1500's

    Also in that time perriod there was a constant fear of assassination for the higher ups.. it then became custom to open the door for a lady to walk in first as they were expendable... not quite as polite is it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBunny
    Also in that time perriod there was a constant fear of assassination for the higher ups.. it then became custom to open the door for a lady to walk in first as they were expendable... not quite as polite is it?
    C'mon, wabbit- they just made good scouts!

    So, tell me, why did Sir Walter throw his cape across the puddle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedan
    C'mon, wabbit- they just made good scouts!

    So, tell me, why did Sir Walter throw his cape across the puddle?
    all I remember was he threw down his mantle for Elizabeth I to gain her favor...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBunny
    all I remember was he threw down his mantle for Elizabeth I to gain her favor...
    So much for chivalry, altruism, and all my illusions.

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