Women's time was fully occupied by the domestic routine - even rich ladies were involved with some preparation of food as well as concocting remedies, sewing and spinning.
Spinning wool and flax fibres (for linen) into thread to be woven into cloth was very much viewed as women's work. The terms spinster, for an unmarried lady, and distaff (the pole holding the wool) side, to describe a bride's relations, are still used today.
The Church in Medieval times encouraged the worship of the Virgin Mary which was good news for women. Chivalry and the notion of courtly love - knights fighting tournaments to win a lady's favour - added excitement to the lives of the richer ladies (see Events).
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Women spent a lot of time spinning wool into yarn. There were bigger and better spinning machines in Medieval Times.