Much emphasis was placed on social standing in the Middle Ages. A noble life varied dramatically with a peasant life, and country life varied greatly with city life. 
Peasants and Farmers - This was a hard life whether you lived in the city or the country, as they worked from dawn ‘til dusk. There was little or no time for pleasurable activities and entertainment. 
Farmer – Lived on an estate and was unable to leave the estate without the permission of the master. As well as farming and looking after a master’s land, a farmer also had to farm their own land on the estate, to produce their own crops as food. 
Craftsman, merchant, baker and lawyer – These were some of the jobs worked in the cities. They also worked long arduous hours, with little time for pleasure. 
Wealthy Nobles, Lords – Spent time governing their lands and estate, and looking after their workers; a noble lord owned everything on his land including his workers. Nobles were also involved in political matters and decisions. Depending on their status, this could be local government or national government. They also spent time hunting, enjoying the arts, entertaining and attending church mass and prayers. 
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