Duties of the Lady
She was in charge of all the domestic duties, but when the Lord was away she was in charge of running the castle. She ensured there was always enough food in storage to last months. She also oversaw the salting of food which was essential for the preservation of it. She was incharge of rearing children. Usually other noble families sent their children from the age of seven to live with lords and ladies. This was called foster age. They were taught manners. Ladies in waiting often helped the lady with her duties. In her spare time she would play chess or musical instruments and loved embroidery. They also took part in hawking because hunting on horseback was "too strenuous" for them.
Training of a craftsman.
It took many years to become a craftsman. Those who wanted to learn the trade were sent to a master craftsman shop to be an apprentice. Here they spent years learning skills of the trade but we're not paid. An apprentice could become a journey man after seven years. This meant he could to another town and work in a shop for pay. If he wanted to become a craftsman he had to pass a test by producing an example of his work called a masterpiece in front of the guild. If they thought it was of a high standard he was free to open his own shop and trade his goods.
It could take up to 15 years to become a fully trained knight. Seven year old noble boys were sent to be a page on a lord's castle. Here they learnt good manners, basic fighting skills and acted as a servant to the Lord and Lady. The next stage was becoming a squire at 14. They were trained by a knight to fight with real weapons and was incharge of the Knights armour and horse. If the squire proved to be brave and skilful the Lord would knight him. This was called an accolade. The knight wore a red robe (symbol of willingness to shed blood), a white tunic ( sign of purity) and a black jacket (acceptance that he may die). The Lord dubbed the knight by tapping him on the head and shoulder with a sword. At first they wore chain mail, then knights began to wear plate armour.