While most of us are thankful for our forty-hour work weeks, you’d be surprised to learn that Medieval peasants had it significantly better than us.
Many people believe that people during medieval times worked throughout the day. That is not true, as several reports suggest that their daily workloads were not as much as imagined.
A renowned professor named Juliet Schor spent a significant part of her life studying medieval times. She found the people from that period particularly fascinating.
Why? Because she wanted to understand their routines and the way they went about with their lives.
After several years of research, Schor began working on a book. She aimed to remove people’s misconceptions regarding medieval times.
Years of struggle finally led to the release of her book called, “The Overworked American.”
Juliet Schor never expected her work to gain worldwide recognition.
However, it received quite a lot of popularity, making it a best-seller within weeks of its release.
Americans and people from other parts of the globe couldn’t believe what they were reading.
The book went into detail about people’s lifestyles in the older days. Surprisingly, they vacationed more than they worked.
It was a massive revelation for every reader, and it made them realize that they were working more than they should.
A Shocking Revelation Indeed
Schor’s book was an eye-opener. It was instrumental in making people understand the mental and physical toll of working excessively.
Sadly, very few corporations and businesses did anything to change their employees’ tiring work schedules. Instead, some of them even increased their timings and provided vague reasons to justify the longer shifts.
Of course, everybody was upset, but there was very little they could do about it. What’s most interesting is that several statistics coming from highly reputed organizations supported the claims Juliet Schor’s book was making.
The bureau of labor statistics, in particular, stated that the average yearly working hours of Americans were remarkably higher than medieval peasants.