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The ladies of the Middle Ages were all housewives, cooking, preparing simples, doing embroidery and weaving. They were their own milliners and dressmakers, and generally made their husbands' clothes, although some garments might be made by the town tailors; but, as a rule, they weaved, cut, sewed, and fitted for their families, and then, after the garments were finished to satisfaction, they would begin upon strips of embroidery to decorate them.
The lords held court and judged their villeins' cases, trained for war and held ready a troop of knights and men-at-arms for the King's service. They had the care of a number of children and youths of good families who fostered in their castle, learning to be first pages, then squires, then getting knighted.
For professions of those serving them see: