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When you think of the Middle Ages you think of Kingsand castles knights in shining armor saving the princessand savage warfare to coincide with horrible diseases andplagues taking lives For the most part that was true butwe are forgetting about the majority of the populationotherwise known as the commons These people can easily becompared to you and I living in these times The peasantswere not a part of the noble class or associated with theclergy but just lived plain and simple lives and tried toget by with what they had In those times they did not havea lot Since all of us would be considered peasants in thosetimes I am going to take us back to that era and comparethe life of a peasant to our lives now From the day theyare born all the way to their death I will go over thedifferent types of commoners go over how they grew up whatthey ate and even what they did for fun back in those days Childbirth in Medieval times were much of the same asthey are now I say this in the biological way only ofcourse Birth was not in the hands of a physician butentirely up to a midwife The only reason there would be adoctor there is if there was a pathological complicationThe setting for childbirth was different as well All of thechildbirths would take place at the home as compared to2hospitals in todays times Hospitals were predominantlyused for long-term care for the poor Another hugedifference in childbirth was the risk to the mother Theclosest estimate of childbirth deaths was about 14 deathsfor every 1000 childbirths This is very high in modernstandards In 1988 Nigeria was reported to have a rate of 8deaths in every 1000 births which was unusually high evenfor a Third World countrySingmanMcLean p40The first formal event that an infant had to go throughwas the ceremony of baptism This is true for Christians intodays times as well This was
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