TALES OF THE MIDDLE AGES
Added on: 24th Mar 2016
THE MIDDLE AGES WERE FULL OF
CRAZY TORTURE DEVICES
While people have always been creative with the ways they found to
make others suffer, most of the torture devices that are popping
into your head actually came after the middle ages
(iron maiden, pear of anguish, etc.)
PEOPLE DRANK WINE AND BEER BECAUSE
WATER WAS POLLUTED
This may have some truth in it, but people also added water to wine
in order to dilute it. And besides, if the water really was polluted
then people typically would drink it anyway and get sick.
It still happens today.
PEOPLE THOUGHT TOMATOES WERE POISONOUS
Tomatoes weren’t even imported into Europe until the
PEOPLE ATE WITH THEIR HANDS
Sometimes, yes. But wooden cutlery was also relatively common
ever since forks were introduced to Italy in the 11th century.
PEOPLE NEVER TRAVELLED
They certainly didn’t fly Delta but that doesn’t mean they didn’t
go anywhere. Migrations, silk roads, and general movement of
people was pretty common.
THERE WERE TORCHES EVERYWHERE
Torches definitely had their place but it was nothing like what
Hollywood would have you believe. Given that an average torch
only burns for about an hour, that pretty much eliminates the
whole walls-romantically-lined-with-burning-torches idea.
EVERYBODY ATE TURKEY LEGS ALL THE TIME
Once again, turkey is native to the Americas and wasn’t introduced
until after the Middle Ages.
PEASANTS WERE A SINGLE CLASS OF PEOPLE
It’s not that simple. Depending on the region, there was
definitely a hierarchy.