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A WOMAN'S LIFE

AT HOME

BIRTHS

WEDDINGS

DIVORCES

DEATHS

MANNERS

EDUCATION

EMPLOYMENT

RECREATION

HOLIDAYS & FEAST DAYS

BOARD GAMES

MUSIC

EMBROIDERY

PET KEEPING

READING

DANCING

HORSE RIDING

HAWKING

HUNTING

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Medieval Recreation, Passtimes, Hobbies & Leisure
HOLIDAYS & FEAST DAYS - BOARD GAMES - MUSIC - EMBROIDERY - PET KEEPING - READING
DANCING - HORSE RIDING
- HAWKING - HUNTING -


Medieval women did find time for recreational activities. There were 60 to 70 religious holidays during the year which provided a break from regular work.

The detail at right is from a painting from 1410, The Garden of Eden. It shows noble women relaxing in a beautiful garden setting with a variety of flowers. They are engaged in music, berry-picking and reading- all genteel pursuits suitable for a woman of good breeding.

Simple pleasures like flower-picking were available to both peasant women and nobles alike. Board games were available to most women, although elaborate boards and playing pieces were the domain of the wealthy alone. Hawking was a sport which was available to noble women only. Please click the links below for information on the following:

HOLIDAYS & FEAST DAYS
When and how to celebrate holidays and feast days

BOARD GAMES
Chess, merrils, tric-trac and other board games

MUSIC
Making music

EMBROIDERY
Fine embroidery and needlework

PET KEEPING
What kind of pet did the medieval woman have?

READING
Books for instruction and pleasure

DANCING
Who dances and when?

HORSE RIDING
Riding for pleasure

HAWKING
Hawking and falconing for the medieval woman

HUNTING
Hunting with bows and arrows

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