from the Medieval period did not tell time in the way we do. While we are
able to understand past, present and future, and understand that today is
different from the past, medieval people never did this, they never had
calendars like we have, nobody ever said my son was born on 25th May 1300.
Instead they said things like my son was born in the year that Arthur
was crowned king, or born when the castle at Warwick was invaded.
Basically, everyone only had a very
rough idea of where they were in time simply
because they had no precise means of determining dates as we do. To locate an event in
time, past people had to refer to some peculiar circumstance or happening which
occurred about the same time.
use the seasons, they could use the agricultural cycle, but mostly
people used Church time, the yearly cycle of religious festivals and feast
days. We still do this today, it is not uncommon to say, "It
happened about New Year day, two years ago".
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