How did peasants in the Middle Ages survive the winter?
August 16, 2014 6:11 PM Subscribe
What strategies were used by peasants of medieval Europe to prepare for and survive the harsh winter months?
posted by dontjumplarry to Society & Culture (32 answers total) 88 users marked this as a favorite
What types of foods did they stockpile, preserve, grow, forage and rely upon? How did they source fuel, clothing and insulation to keep warm? Did they use any other strategies to preserve heat and stay healthy?
Open to answers from a range of places and epochs, but rural England around the time of the Black Death is particularly of interest.
(Adapted from an unanswered question
at reddit's AskHistorians).