Medieval Peasants Had 7x More Vacation Days Than The Average American Employee

In most ways life has gotten much better for the average person over the last 700 years, but there is one area where medieval peasants had it better: vacation time. Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, explains that the average 13th century laborer enjoyed 25 weeks off per year. She explains it’s because capitalism wasn’t invented until the 19th century, and writes, “The medieval calendar was filled with holidays– official [church] holidays included not only long ‘vacations’ at Christmas, Easter, and midsummer but also numerous saints’ and rest days. […] All told, holiday leisure time in medieval England took up probably about one-third of the year.” Project:Time Off reports that the average American worker took an average of 16.2 days of vacation in 2015. (Daily Mail)