The Medieval Marketplace
5è3 IDD




In the middle-ages,not so many kinds of transport existed...And besides,travelling was quite risky. Of course,there would be priests, travelling on foot,but,for your security  (and for your goods' security), the wealthiest people  would either not travel at all or they would take a boat.

Although,there wouldn't be a thief waiting for you in every forest, thieves were a possible danger (and a big one). It would be quite unsafe for noble people to travel on their own.But remember that the  middle-ages were a  time of knights and noblemen would surely be escorted.


Sometimes,people who wanted to purify themselves in the eyes of God
went on a pilgrimage. This is why sometimes you could see people travelling without an economic purpose such as selling goods or trading.These pilgrims would usually be  going to a church to see the bones of a saint.


At that time,merchants had  donkeys to pull their small carriages. Also,there was there was the 'Silk Road' : merchants from countries of Asia came all the way to countries such as Italy to exchange products(spices,silk etc.).
Merchants travelled on medieval roads between the main  rich cities of Europe. However, these roads were very badly maintained and were hardly practicable during the bad season(winter). Sometimes there were lords' taxes to cross a bridge. Merchandise was bought and sold thanks to the network of fairs.


First,ships of northern Europe were designed in a way quite like  Viking ships.These ships were sturdy though they couldn’t carry too much weight or they would sink.
Equipment wasn’t really sophisticated, though,ships still had astrolabes (a useful compact tool that can tell time and latitude from the position of the moon) and the 'Jacob’s ladder'. In fact, many ways of trying to find where you were and your destination were quite inaccurate and irrationall (ex:”if you sailed some direction and you saw so -and-so,it would mean so-and-so and you’d have to sail to some other direction for so-and-so days until you reached your destination”). These methods were “superstitious”.Since middle-ages people didn’t know much about their worlds,they would have to invent rituals and imagine things,as well as methods.

There were  risks about losing the merchandise ships carried.This is why merchants bought the cargo of more than one ship,so that they wouldn’t lose everything.

Meet the IDD team


* What  was the most interesting part of the project?

We all pretty much liked to see other groups' market stalls,perhaps because we didn't have a stall ourselves. The Thursday the Market place was up was probably the most fun moment.

Our work was mostly only collecting information, writing paragraphs and drawing illustratons to go with our paragraphs.

* What  was the most difficult part of the project?

Probably it was when we were collecting information.There would be information in books and on the internet, but most of the time it wasn't really complete and didn't really list all the ways of transportation. Finding information was the most difficult.*

When you  used this information, you somehow had to situate it in  time,just to be sure it really was used in the Middle-Ages.