Imagine yourself as a foreigner who visited Western Europe in the 17th century. How would you describe the life of Europeans: noble people, rich townspeople, poor peasants?
Life of noble people
In the palaces of the nobility, the floor was laid out with parquet.
The clothes of noble people were distinguished by wealth and luxury. Ladies tightened their waists with corsets on metal straps; the skirt looked like a bell. A formal men’s suit consisted of short pants and a camisole. The men wore white stockings to the ball. Many older people adorned their dress with ruffled collars known as millstones.
Great attention in palaces was paid to table setting
Life of rich townspeople
The home of a wealthy city dweller consisted of a living room, a bedroom and a servant’s room.
The daily diet was distinguished by a wide variety of meat and fish products. Vegetables rarely appeared on the tables, as they were considered the food of the poor.
Life of poor peasants
Rural houses in the north of Europe were built of wood, in the south – of stone. The roof was covered with thatch or reed. In the years of famine, such coverage was often used for livestock feed. The peasant house was rarely divided into rooms. All family members lived in a common room. It was heated by a hearth where food was prepared. The kitchen utensils consisted of frying pans, pots, and jugs. As a rule, there were not enough bowls and mugs for everyone. Therefore, they ate from the common dishes. There was little furniture in the peasant house: a chest, sometimes stools. But more often they used benches, on which they sat and slept, placing a mattress stuffed with straw.
Coarse stews and porridge were prepared mainly from oats, millet, barley. Meat was consumed on holidays. We drank cheap wine and beer.