Title: Escova and Reading/Writing
Jacen Brant - June 1, 2011 12:06 AM (GMT)
Is it safe to assume that commoners can't read/write, aside from maybe scribbling their name (crossing a trembling X somewhere)? 'Cause I thought so, but I've been noticing posts popping up with references, so I'm not so sure anymore. :/
Zaman Jaraei - June 1, 2011 12:30 AM (GMT)
From what i've noticed in Fantasy worlds, it varies from character to character--and there's not much anyone can do about that. The problem with Escova is that there is a Refuge population which might be poor now, but some of which might be from highly cultured lands in the Mainland.
So yeah, character by character, though I don't suppose its wrong to infer that the lower classes are usually less educated.
There's no standardized school system, if that's what you mean.
Jacen Brant - June 1, 2011 12:51 AM (GMT)
No, just trying to figure out the norm. XD So my characters don't end up saying something stupid.
Zaman Jaraei - June 1, 2011 01:50 AM (GMT)
Well the norm would be people aren't generally educated to a great extent. So yes, you initial suspicions were right.
Rylan Komarcos - June 1, 2011 02:51 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Zaman Jaraei @ May 31 2011, 09:50 PM)|
| Well the norm would be people aren't generally educated to a great extent. So yes, you initial suspicions were right. |
Way to teach by example.
Zaman Jaraei - June 1, 2011 03:08 AM (GMT)
Queen Astraea - June 1, 2011 03:12 AM (GMT)
Most people without a formal education- being most of the population- would be illiterate, so you're spot on. People might learn to read while being educated at a monastery or from a private tutor (if they're wealthy). Others might get really lucky and happen to learn from someone else who knows how to read and feels like being nice-- perhaps from a mentor if they're learning a trade. I think of it as being slightly better off than most during the nitty-gritty of the Middle Ages (more books and monasteries and such :D), but a lot of people should definitely be illiterate, with a lot of those people being in the lower classes, depending on their origins.