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Wed Jan 30, 2013, 01:56 PM

If You Think You Have It Bad - Worst Jobs In The Middle Ages On Youtube -----

Just for fun if you do not like your job you can look up the series "Worst Jobs In The Middle Ages" series on Youtube.
I cannot imagine how human beings even survived such an existence.

In one example the host explained and demonstrated what a "fuller" is. Anyone with the name of Fuller probably had ancestors who did this jobs. During the middle ages in England and most like the rest of Europe after the Romans left civilization went downhill to feudalism. It was NOT a pretty existence.

Wool was the chief material for making clothes and sheep outnumbered people. When the wool was weaved into fabric it was still not good enough for clothing because it had too many gaps. It also had too much oil from the sheep. It had to go through a felting process so it could be sewn into clothing for royalty and the people. Serfs getting the leftovers.

WHAT A FULLER DID was cure the fabric. Cloth makers had to go out to the villages and farms to collect human urine and let it turn to ammonia. The raw wool cloth was put into containers and the containers were filled with fermented human urine. It was the FULLER'S job to walk on the fabric for as long as 8 hours barefooted in the urine until the cloth was cured or became felted.

After the process the fabric was washed and made into clothing. It did not smell because the wool did not absorb the urine

SO WHEN YOU ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT YOUR JOB - Remember this. Go watch some of those videos.

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Reply If You Think You Have It Bad - Worst Jobs In The Middle Ages On Youtube ----- (Original post)
TheMastersNemesis Jan 2013 OP
mr_hat Jan 2013 #1
R. Daneel Olivaw Jan 2013 #2
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #3
monmouth3 Jan 2013 #5
OffWithTheirHeads Jan 2013 #4
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #6
OffWithTheirHeads Jan 2013 #7
WinkyDink Jan 2013 #8
hootinholler Jan 2013 #9
pansypoo53219 Jan 2013 #10

Response to TheMastersNemesis (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:05 PM

1. And here I am going to London soon.

I was looking forward to my pint of warm Fuller's, too.

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Response to TheMastersNemesis (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:14 PM

2. I believe that leather was tanned using urine and dog crap during the same period.


The life expectancy for somebody living in the Middle Ages was about 35yrs.

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Response to TheMastersNemesis (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 02:41 PM

3. The Worst Jobs in History - The Tudor Age - Part 1

Narrator is Tony Robinson aka Baldrick in Black Adder.







You should also be able to find The Dark Ages etc.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 03:33 PM

5. I watched all three and am fascinated. I often thought of living in that period but the privvys

definitely changed my mind. Thanks for posting this, very, very interesting.

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Response to TheMastersNemesis (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 03:28 PM

4. Who the fuck even thought that up?

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Response to OffWithTheirHeads (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:10 PM

6. Baldrick

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:35 PM

7. No, I mean walking on piss wool for eight hours makes wool better.

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Response to TheMastersNemesis (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 04:56 PM

9. Kick to find it later n/t

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Response to TheMastersNemesis (Original post)

Wed Jan 30, 2013, 06:27 PM

10. well, that doesn't sound so bad actually.

i bet the dark ages reeked. sewage in the streets. BO, rotting dead. etc etc etc.

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