How did normal people survive winter in the Middle Ages?


We have so many things to keep ourselves warm these days. Puffer jackets, thermal undies, central heating, space heaters, and home insulation are just a few of the things that keep us toasty throughout the winter. When it hits those minus temperatures, we can whip out our polar fleece blankets and blast the heat while drinking hot chocolate in front of the TV. Not so bad, eh? But imagine what it was like living through the winter in medieval times. Stone or wood houses with no insulation, limited fabrics to make warm clothes from, and days of hard labor out in the elements. Not only does that sound majorly unpleasant, it’s genuinely dangerous! Click through this gallery to find out how the average person survived winter hundreds of years ago, long before any of the amenities we have today existed.

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