Some tropes are so ingrained in Medieval-inspired fantasy stories that it's tempting to think that they represent real aspects of Medieval life. But often these stories are just reinforcing myths and misconceptions about life in the Middle Ages.
Medieval bucket from Castell y Bere, Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, 13th century. This item comes from: National Museums & Galleries of Wales (Item reference: 53.123/4). http://education.gtj.org.uk/en/item1/25922