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Department
History
Course
HISB61H3
Professor
Michael Gervers
Semester
Summer

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Lecture 3 Peasants and Peasant Society May 22 2014Peasant silent majorityAbout 85 of European pop were peasantsIlliterateat least in modern sense Does not mean uncultured uncivilized primitiveth19 century historical view of medieval peasantsThey were actually quite culturedOur sourcesBecause they were illiterate they left no written testimonies So most of our info comes from the lordsoCourt rollsoSermonsoIconographyoArcheologymaterial cultureMain ConceptsBecause of illiteracy peasants had to develop an alternative cultureBased on1Oralitymemory2Senses3RitualPeasant culture was more conservative and unchanging when compared to Elite cultureHowever sometimes peasant and elite were interchangeableCommon featuresSportthFootballuntil 17 century was considered to be a popular game of both classesTennis can sort of be considered toothNot until 17 century when European elite disconnected itself from this culture and developed alternative culturegames archery cricket golf
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