Friday, February 6, 2015


Picture Day Friday: Three Orders of Medieval Society


Medieval writers described their society as having three orders: the cleric, the knight, and the peasant—those who prayed, those who fought, and those who labored. Image courtesy of Medieval Manuscripts, tweeting about the British Library's marvelous medieval manuscripts. Their blog is located here.


2 comments:

Mary Thornton said...

And much later in Medieval times and into Tudor times the aspiring merchant class came along to upset the apple cart! Able to pay to educate their children, an intelligent meritocracy to challenge the lesser ranks of the nobility. Witness Thomas More in Wolf Hall - werchant, money lender, lawyer and self made initially through trade.

Keira Soleore said...

Mary, thank you for visiting my blog and for commenting.

Indeed the rise of the merchant class changed the face of social order forever.

I'm dying to see "Wolf Hall." It comes to this side of the pond in April.