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Poem: "Greasing the Wheels"
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paka From: paka Date: August 3rd, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know that medieval commoners tended to hate the miller - and avoid taking their grain to the mill, instead eating it as mash - because the miller was allowed to take some of the grain as his payment, right?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: August 3rd, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well...

Sometimes. It depended on the country and time period, and the people, and their local customs. If they had a good relationship -- and weren't being nearly starved to death -- that arrangement worked out just fine. Other times, not so much, and the issue you pointed out wasn't the only one. Some millers would cut the flour with sawdust. That tended to get them ridden out of town on a rail if the villagers caught them, but it still happened.
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