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