Jorge, it was a correct challenge - the word is used loosely and needs defining (because of our modern assumptions of what a peasant was). It would be good to see a real small-farmer re-enacted, but those with the correct calluses are likely to be too busy working the land (OTOH I do know an ex-woodsman who could carry it off). I have the calluses on my shooting finger to be an archer, trouble is they'll have gone with a few weeks not shooting !
Cat, no I don't know JC ... did I make an assumption ? Sorry, missed that
hmmm, beginning to guess which group you're with - you have another site ?
WW ... a few suggestions to get the feel of what life was like for the majority:
The modern scholarly one:
'Peasants and Landlords in Later Medieval England' E.B.Fryde (1996) ISBN 0 - 7509 - 2255 - 9
For an older and in some ways outdated view :
'English Social History (Chaucer to Queen Victoria)' C.M. Trevelyan ISBN 0 - 14 - --9982 - 4
this is very Victorian, but counteracts any rosy modern view with one biased in the opposite direction; does contain original references to justify itself.
'The Common People' JFC Harrison (1984) ISBN 0 - 00 - 686163 - 6
Again, references and quotes of primary sources interleaved with readable commentary.
Something less dry, which I find helps to show what medieval people wanted in their heroes :
'A Book of Medieval Outaws (Ten Tales in Modern English)' Ed: Thomas H Ohlgren (1998) ISBN 0 - 7509 - 2493 - 4
Not a real history (!) but good for the feel of the times :
'Katherine' Anya Seton (1954)
What K. finds at Hugh Swynford's estate is probably typical of how a manor could be ruined by neglect of a minor landholding knight. Knighthood didn't mean riches (it could mean poverty because of the outlay mandated by law) and a small landholding requires management.