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? asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 8 years ago

What was life like in France in the 1600s for people of all ages?

How did the children live? How did the adults live, what did they do to make a living? What did people do for fun? What was difficult and what was easy about this century in France?

Thanks for the help!

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  • 8 years ago
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    France, like most other places at this time, was a mainly agricultural society, and most people lived by farming. A peasant farmer woukd grow enough for his own family, and sell any surplus. The women were generally in charge of the poultry and the dairy, made the butter and cheese, and again sold any surplus. Sheep were raised at this time mainly for wool, which was very important as most common clothing was still made from woollen cloth. In coastal areas, fishing was a major occupation.

    Towns were much smaller than they are now, but were busy centres of trade and commerce. Most crafsmen and tradesmen would be assisted at their work by their wives and children, they might also have an apprentice working for them.

    Many people, especially young people, worked as servants. Even a family of modest means might employ a maidservant, and a wealthy family would have dozens. Young people often worked as servants until they had saved enough to set up home and marry.

    Most children would expect to work from an early age, children were generally expe ted to begin making themselves useful on the family farm or in the family business from the age of about seven. Children from better off families might go to school, and the children of te upper classes were often educated at home by tutors and governesses. Whatever their class, children were expected to be respectful to their parents (though of course not all were). The father was the head of the family, and in the course of the 1600s his power was increased by law, giving him more power over his wife and children.

    Religion was an important part of most people's lives. Everyone went to church on Sundays, and the more devout would go on weekdays as well. Most people prayed every day. Aristocratic families often had their own chapel, and their own priest to minister to them and their household. There were many church holidays in the course of the year which were occasions for dancing, singing, playing games and sports etc. Some festivals were regional, like the festivals to honour specific saints in certain places. Others were universal, like Christmas, Easter, and Whitsun.

    in the towns, people enjoyed going to the theatre, and there were many street entertainers, acrobats, jugglers, etc, to amuse the populace. Dancing was enjoyed by people of all classes.

    there were many incidents in the course of the 1600s which affected how people lived, particularly the Protestant (Hugenot) minority. the Thirty Years War (1618-48) involved most of the countries of Europe, and caused great suffering to the French population, particularly in eastern France. There were outbreaks of persecution of Protestants, especially during the reign of Louis XIV, which culminated in 1685 the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, which had guaranteed freedom of religion. As a result of this, about 200,000 Hugenots left France for good. This badly affected the French ecomony, as many of those who left were skilled craftsmen, in particular weavers. They settled in England, the Netherlands and Germany.

    Source(s): The Cambridge Illustrated History of France by Colin Jones
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    What was life like in France in the 1600s for people of all ages?

    How did the children live? How did the adults live, what did they do to make a living? What did people do for fun? What was difficult and what was easy about this century in France?

    Thanks for the help!

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Why did Chrysost get a thumbs down ??? He is exactly correct - - - head lice and small pox were both a problem during the era in question - - - and bathing was often difficult - - - small pox often leaves a person bald with a scarred scratchy scalp and lice, well that ought to speak for itself!! The other answerers thus far are qually accurate -- - - during the era of Charles the 2nd and James the 2nd the art of wig making made it possible for a man to appear quite handsome with long lush ringlets cascading over their broad manly shoulders. Wigs stayed popular well into the early 1800s by which time small pox was mostly on the wane and bathing was coming more into fashion... By the way when someone zaps a person such as Chrysost with a thumbs down it would be nice if a million voltz of DC would zap 'em! Peace//////////////////////////////\\\... (For a great example of wigs during olden times see Boris Karloff in 'Bedlam,' the master of horror was gifted for subtle touches and how the handles his wig is hilarious ....)

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