Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Just so you know . . .

Working life of a European peasant (AD 500 to AD 1850):
  • plowing & sowing: 12 days/year.
  • harvesting grain: 28 days/year.
  • haymaking & carting: 24 days/year.
  • threshing grain: 130 days/year.
  • other work: 12 days/year.
TOTAL: 206 days/year.

Quoted in Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers: The Story of Success. With their work done, Gladwell says peasants would then spend most of the winter in bed, conserving calories and trying to stay warm.

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