HOLIDAYS & FEAST DAYS
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 women 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:
& FEAST DAYS
When and how to celebrate holidays and feast days
Chess, merrils, tric-trac and other board games
Fine embroidery and needlework
What kind of pet did the medieval woman have?
Books for instruction and pleasure
Who dances and when?
Riding for pleasure
Hawking and falconing for the medieval woman
Hunting with bows and arrows