Do You Work Longer Hours Than a Medieval Peasant?

Studying 13th-century work habits reveals a surprising contrast with American workers of today

Nancy Bilyeau
4 min readOct 1, 2021

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Painting by Pieter Brueghel the Younger in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Incredible as it may sound, the average modern American puts in longer hours at his or her work than the average medieval peasant.

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Nancy Bilyeau

Passionate about history, pop culture, the perfect bagel. Author of 5 historical novels. Latest book: ‘The Orchid Hour' www.nancybilyeau.com