by Debbie Lynne Costello
|The shadow of Earth on the moon during a lunar eclipse|
By Graham.beverley - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,
|By Anton - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=811421|
He noted that as they disappeared first hull of the ship would disappear then the masts and sails last, much like something disappearing over a hill.
Some of the great scientist of the time even attempted to measure the circumference of the earth. Plato determined the circumference of Earth to be 400,000 stadia which equals out to between 46,250 and 39,250 miles and Archimedes estimated the circumference to be about 300,000 stadia or 30,000 miles. The correct number is 24,901 miles.
|An illustration in a 12th century book showing a spherical world and its four seasons.|
Another misconception of the medieval time period is the gray world. Contrary to what we so often hear and read, the medieval people loved vibrant colors. Though very little in clothes as survived the years we know from writings that the medieval people did not live in a dark and drab world but enjoyed the colors that dyes afforded them. Besides bright clothes, they sported colorful jewelry, hung beautiful tapestry on the walls, decorated their horses, and even stunning stained glass windows. Trading routes were used to bring back not only unique spices but also beautiful fabrics at premium prices. Stained glass windows reached it peak during the medieval time period.
By Jan Matejko - http://www.bibliotekacyfrowa.pl/dlibra/doccontent?id=6457&dirids=1, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6346598
There were many more jobs than what we see depicted on the television or read in books. Not everyone was a lowly peasant. Some of the jobs below were well respected jobs and held in high esteem.
Here are just a handful of the jobs some of which more respected than others.
An Apothecary learned about herbs, roots, and plants to use as remedies for the sick. An Apothecary was used by the peasants who couldn't afford physicians.
The Bailiff managed the castle estate.
A Blacksmith held an important job as he would forge weapons as well as repair them.
There was the Candlemaker. An important job in a time when the only other light was from torches.
The Carpenter was an elite tradesman who skillfully made furniture out of wood as well as other things out of wood.
A Chancellor was a secretary to a nobleman.
The Fletcher crafted bows and arrows.
A Messenger wasn't always a good job when delivering bad or unwelcome news. Thus a law was passed protecting them from the receiver's wrath.
Moneylenders were...you guessed it the bankers of their day.
Physicians as today were a well-respected position of employment. And like our doctors today they preformed surgeries, but also performed bloodletting which they believed helped kept the 'humors' in balance for health.
A Reeve was a type of a supervisor who worked for his lord. He made sure people were doing their work, arrived, and quit on time.
A Spinster was a woman who spun yarn for a living.
The Steward held the important job of seeing to the administrations of the castle household as well as the castle estate.
The Watchman was the medieval form of ADT home security. They were an official at the castle and saw to its security.
The belief that medieval people didn't bathe has been debated over and over. But the truth of the matter is bathing was not a once-year occasion. If you want to read more on it, check out one of my previous posts on medieval bathing here.
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GIVEAWAY INFO: I'm giving away choice of my books and choice of format (my medieval, Sword of Forgiveness in paperback, ebook, and audio, or Shattered Memories 19th century Charleston story in paperback or ebook). Leave a comment and tell me which medieval myth surprised you the most or tell me a medieval myth that you'd like to set straight to be entered in the giveaway. Giveaway ends April 11th.
Sword of Forgiveness
After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
Shattered Memories Olivia Macqueen wakes in a makeshift hospital, recovering from a head injury. With amnesia stealing a year of her memories, she has trouble discerning between lies and truth. When her memories start returning in bits and pieces, she must keep up the charade of amnesia until she can find out the truth behind the embezzlement of her family’s business while evading the danger lurking around her.
Debbie Lynne has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband enjoy camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.
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