What a person ate in medieval times depended on his social standing and on how wealthy he was. Medieval peasants had a very simple diet, and wealthier people had a more varied choice of food.

Peasants ate primarily food made from grains and vegetables in the Middle Ages. They also drank mostly ale, since water was unsafe, and wine was too expensive.

Medieval knights generally lived in the castles of noble families, serving under the lord or baron while providing military service and protection in exchange for lodging, weapons, armor, food, money and horses. The king...


In medieval times, the role of the king was to own land, lead his country and people in times of war and set laws. A king was, essentially, the supreme ruler of his land.

In medieval times, a franklin was a free landowner who was not a man of noble birth. As a free man, a franklin did not owe rent or military service to the monarchy.

Castles were needed in medieval times to provide protection to the lord from foreign invaders. They were also a physical reminder of the lord's power over his lands.

In medieval times, castles were home to nobility or high-ranking clerics, defense forces and a large household staff. In times of warfare, the population of the castle would swell as peasants from the lord's domain flood...