During the medieval period, Shropshire was an agricultural county; most people would have lived in the countryside and earned their living from the land. But its position on the border with Wales also made Shropshire politically and strategically important. The county was involved in national events; kings and princes regularly visited this area, Parliament was held here, and battles were fought which changed the course of history.
Amongst the many thousands of medieval documents which survive at Shropshire Archives, many relate to the property and legal transactions of the rich. But there are also some which give us clues about the lives of ordinary people. These can give us details about the jobs people did and the food they ate.