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Before Capitalism, Medieval Peasants Got More Vacation Time Than You. Here’s Why

Albertino Ferreira

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Go back 200, 300 or 400 years and you find that most people did not work very long hours

By Lynn Parramore

 

Plowing and harvesting were backbreaking toil, but the peasant enjoyed anywhere from eight weeks to half the year off. The Church, mindful of how to keep a population from rebelling, enforced frequent mandatory holidays. Weddings, wakes and births might mean a week off quaffing ale to celebrate, and when wandering jugglers or sporting events came to town, the peasant expected time off for entertainment. There were labor-free Sundays, and when the plowing and harvesting seasons were over, the peasant got time to rest, too. In fact, economist Juliet Shor found that during periods of particularly high wages, such as 14th-century England, peasants might put in no more than 150 days a year.

 

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O tempo de trabalho é uma relação social, nada tem de natural, como julga o senso comum; que é habilidosamente explorado pelos que detêm o poder para impôr longas jornadas de trabalho que correm a seu benefício, principalmente, não dos que trabalham de 'sol a sol'

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