Shaving was also difficult because of the lack of hot water, mirrors, and skin softeners.
Like a subjected animal. Some women also wore wimples, which attached to the veil and covered the throat and any exposed flesh above the tunic's neckline.
Many peasants died when the weather was too wet or too dry. The difference between serfs and peasants is that serfs are people who either broke a law or committed a crime and are now paying off their punishment for life.
Men were the head of the household and the wife was his property — to be treated in any way he wanted. Later in the Middle Ages a fairly prosperous peasant might have a spinning wheel, which allowed more thread to be spun with less effort, but it was always a luxury item. The man is wearing a fur-trimmed velvet gown over a black padded long shirt that has gold embroidery around the edges.
Sign up to get a Weekly Email from Medievalists. That way, the expensive clothing could be used to elevate the look of high-status priests, and the donations would reflect well on the donors, perhaps earning them a few extra prayers. Some men, particularly those engaged in heavy labor, might wear sleeveless tunics to help them deal with the heat. Shoes and Other Apparel.
Those living more comfortably might have a chamber pot in the house to use in the evening and be emptied into the cesspit in the morning.
Medieval Life: Wood, however, was an exhaustible resource, and peasants were generally entitled only to windfall wood—branches or trees blown down in storms. Thus, women typically wore aprons throughout the day.
Clothing for Medieval peasant women had not improved much either and women still wore coarse uncomfortable garment such as long gowns that were made of a home spun cloth and hose. Felt was also used in shoes and slippers. Childhood Often, children were named after a close relative or a saint. If the cloth were dyed, and that worn by most medieval peasants was not, the dyes were based on natural materials.
Women's tunics were usually made of wool. Some peasants just settled for beards, and being clean shaven was often a mark of status.
People usually had at least two sets of clothes: Approximately nine out of ten people in the middle ages were peasants and only a few of them were not bound to the land. Imagine taking a bath in a river when the water is near freezing, when it is 30-40 degrees outside, and the house is barely heated.
The government in England also imposed the Poll Tax for a third time, causing the lords to raise taxes paid by the peasants. Most men's tunics were made of wool, but they were often coarser and not as brightly colored as women's wear. In the 1300s, it became the fashion for people to wear shifts, or undertunics , that had longer sleeves and lower hemlines than their tunics, and therefore were plainly visible.