Writing Medieval Servants
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Writing Medieval Servants: Their jobs and their place in historical fiction.

October 14, 2013

Question that was sent to me, on the topic of writing Medieval Servants: Their jobs and their place in historical fiction.

"My main female character is a personal servant to a princess in a somewhat medieval alternate universe.

I have absolutely not the slightest idea what her job would exactly entail.

I can think some of the obvious ones like helping her change or do her hair. I also thought perhaps laundry, cleaning, washing the floor....

But this is a full time sort of thing. And I didn't want her to have the exact same jobs every single day (I highly doubt a floor would need to be washed every day, even for a princess). I'm just looking for a little bit of variety.

Do you have any chores I could add to the list?"













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