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Clean '''water''' is essential to life. Part of the reason why [[city|cities]] in the [[Middle Ages]] could only grow to a certain size was the lack of water purification, since regrettably much of the skill in making [[aqueduct]]s had died out with the [[Roman]]s.  Crafts such as [[tanning]] and the retting of [[flax]] require considerable ammounts of water, which becomes [[pollution|polluted]] during the process.  Such crafts were normally restricted to be practised outside the [[city wall]]s, downstream of the city.
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Clean '''water''' is essential to life. One of the reasons that [[city|cities]] in the [[Middle Ages]] could only grow to a certain size was the lack of pure, since, regrettably, much of the skill in building [[aqueduct]]s had died with the [[Roman]]s.  Crafts such as [[tanning]] and the retting of [[flax]] require large amounts of water, which becomes [[pollution|polluted]] during the process.  Such crafts were normally forbidden inside the [[city wall]]s, and restricted to locaions downstream of the city.
  
The lack of clean, available water also caused great problems with most armies on the march - many [[soldier]]s [[dying]] of nasty [[disease|diseases]] due to drinking unclean water (it being the only available source).
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The lack of clean water also caused great problems to armies on the march. The lack of a clean water source could lead to the [[death]] of many [[soldier]]s.
  
In some times and places of the medieval [[period|era]], water was the beverage of choice (or necessity) for the majority of people.  In other times and places, mostly those with larger, more crowded cities, the drinking of plain water was considered dirty and diseased and the drink of choice would be heavily watered down [[beer]], or for those with more [[money]], [[wine]].  For example, [[Tudor]] era [[England|English]] [[ship]]s carried [[barrel]]s of weak beer rather than fresh water as alcohol slows the growth of bacteria.
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In some times and places of the medieval [[period|era]], water was the beverage of choice (or necessity) for the majority of people.  In other times and places, mostly those with larger, more crowded cities, the drinking of plain water was considered undesirable and the drink of choice would be small [[beer]], or for those with more [[money]], [[wine]].  For example, [[Tudor]] era [[England|English]] [[ship]]s carried [[barrel]]s of weak beer rather than fresh water, which was probably safer, since alcohol slows the growth of bacteria.
  
Water was also required to grow [[crops]]. [[Irrigation]] methods were sometimes employed to better distribute this resource.
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Water was also needed to grow [[crops]]. [[Irrigation]] was sometimes used to improve yields.
 
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Revision as of 07:47, 9 August 2008

Clean water is essential to life. One of the reasons that cities in the Middle Ages could only grow to a certain size was the lack of pure, since, regrettably, much of the skill in building aqueducts had died with the Romans. Crafts such as tanning and the retting of flax require large amounts of water, which becomes polluted during the process. Such crafts were normally forbidden inside the city walls, and restricted to locaions downstream of the city.

The lack of clean water also caused great problems to armies on the march. The lack of a clean water source could lead to the death of many soldiers.

In some times and places of the medieval era, water was the beverage of choice (or necessity) for the majority of people. In other times and places, mostly those with larger, more crowded cities, the drinking of plain water was considered undesirable and the drink of choice would be small beer, or for those with more money, wine. For example, Tudor era English ships carried barrels of weak beer rather than fresh water, which was probably safer, since alcohol slows the growth of bacteria.

Water was also needed to grow crops. Irrigation was sometimes used to improve yields.