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"While reading the Cadfael series by Ellis Peters, I came across medieval occupations. Some I knew, some I did not. So I wondered if my fellow trivialists would enjoy a look back at archaic occupations. I hope you have fun."
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One of Cadfael's fellow monks is a verger. What did a verger do?
works in the bakery
works in the garden
takes care of the interior of a church
Here's perhaps a more familiar one for Americans. What does a farrier do?
builds and repairs fans
cures and prepares furs for sale
operates a ferry
Back to medieval England. What did a chamberlain do?
represented clients in a court of law (lawyer)
drove teams of horses
cleaned chamber pots for inns
managed the household of a king or noble
What do you suppose medieval franklins did?
He was a non-noble property holder.
He looked after the game in the noble's forests.
He cared for the horses of knights.
He wrote almanacs and invented things.
And now for a bit of comic relief for us modern-day Americans. I used to be a geek in high school without knowing exactly what that was. What was the original definition of a geek?
a philosopher whom one consults for wisdom
an expert in computer science
an outcast teenager with little common sense
a circus performer who bites the heads off live chickens
What was a smith, originally?
a language expert, as in wordsmith
a monk who specialized in copying manuscripts
an artisan who made objects out of iron and other metals
a maker of shifts and robes
Okay, here's a not-so-positive term, which goes back to a medieval occupation. What did a lackey do to warrant such low esteem nowadays?
he was a serf and had no status
he was in charge of the noble's dogs
his job was cleaning stables
he was a footman, or lowly servant
How about seneschal? I did not know myself what this word meant until I decided to try writing a quiz. What did a seneschal do?
He was the liaison between the Church and nobility.
He was the chief huntsman.
He was the noble's chief knight and commanded his army.
He ran the household and commanded the servants.
Let's start winding down with a couple of terms more common for Americans. First, what did a haberdasher deal in?
men's clothing and accessories
books and manuscripts
horses, saddles, and tack
furniture and antiques
How about one last surname? Let's go with Sexton. What did a sexton do in the middle ages?
ensured that ships had all the proper equipment to set sail
took care of church property and sometimes rang the bells and dug graves
supplied sacks and bags for mills and grain merchants
kept financial books and records for banks
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