How did medieval people light fires?

The simple answer to this question is by striking flint and steel. Lighting a fire was a big deal in the middle ages–both incredibly common place and sometimes not that easy to do if the conditions weren’t right. Fires were kept lit in houses all the time and woe to the child who was supposed to be watching it and it went out 🙂 Lots about medieval fire lighting here:  http://www.sthubertsrangers.org/making_fire.htm Even more here:  “Since matches did not become available until the mid-1800’s, prior to that time people had to Read More…