The Damsel In Dis Dress (elle_cosette) wrote in little_details,
The Damsel In Dis Dress

Plowing in medieval times

I've googled and wikied this, and have some good info, but I'd like to know how uncommon it would have been for a peasant farmer in medieval times to plow with only one ox as opposed to a team.

I've learned that in medieval times most peasants shared resources such as oxen in order to have at least a team, if not 4, to plow with. But for my story, I want the family to be more isolated. This is a society of my own invention so I'm throwing out certain feudal/serf traditions.

If there was such a thing as plowing with only one ox, what would the harness have looked like? More like a collar rather than a yoke?
Tags: 1200-1299, 1300-1399, 1400-1499, europe: history, ~agriculture, ~middle ages

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