Jobs of the Medieval Times

Updated April 17, 2017

The Middle Ages is a fascinating era to study indeed. Many plays, movies and books have been written about this period in history. The Middle Ages took place between A.D. 500 to 1500 after the fall of the Roman Empire. There are still many conferences, meetings, and re-enactments that surround this period in history. There were many unique jobs that people from that era participated in as their life profession.


A blacksmith would be one of the more popular trades that most people would remember. Blacksmiths, also known as smiths, were responsible for making and sharpening various tools. These items would include some of the more popular weapons of war like spears, shields, helmets and breastplates. The smiths would also make door hinges, window grills and other household products as well.


Cottars were viewed as one of the lowest levels of peasantry. Being a cottar was not what one would aspire to be growing up during the medieval times. They were mostly placed on odd end jobs and positions that required much manual labour with very little pay. A cottar might have a position in construction, working as a prison guard, or keeping and feeding a swine herd.


A falconer was probably one of the more fascinating occupations during the Medieval Times. They were paid to breed and train falcons. Falconry was a very popular sport during this time period. A falconer would work with falcons on a daily basis training them to perform creative tasks, manoeuvres and tricks. A successful falconer could easily find himself performing among kings and queens.


A porter's main responsibility was the keeping of the doors of the castle. Primarily, you would find porters at the main entrance of a castle. You would have needed to check in with the porter and have permission in order to enter or leave the castle. They also watched and maintained the guardrooms at all times ensuring that the weapons were secure and everything was functioning properly according to the king's orders


A barber served in a way much like today's barbers, yet much different. If you were seeking a haircut in the Middle Ages, you would go to the barber. However, a barber also functioned as a dentist if you needed some work done on your teeth or as a surgeon if you were sick and in need of a cure. Barbers were also known for practicing bloodletting. They believed that one way to get rid of an infection was to bleed out the bad blood, a practice today that we know does not work. A barber was known as someone who could perform a wide variety of tasks.

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