Welcome to Life Noggin.
Ooh a D20!
My lucky day!
Guess what, gang!
Today we’re heading over to the fifth annual Life Noggin Medieval Fair!
Don’t ask what happened with the first four.
It’s fun to dress up in all this cool armor,
but to help us really get into character,
we should probably learn more
about what life was actually like back in Medieval times
— and how likely we would have been to survive back then.
The medieval period, often referred to as the Middle Ages,
is a term used to loosely
define the period of European history between the fall
of Rome in the 5th century CE and
the beginning of the Renaissance around the14th century.
You may think of it as a magical time
of knights and nobles, but before you get too excited
rolling up your real-life DnD characters,
most of the people back then were peasants.
Might still be a bit til’you can save up
for that heavy armor.
Though if you were still in the fighting spirit,
duels were a thing back then.
They started in Europe in the 11th century,
and weren’t officially abolished until the
beginning of the 19th century.
Imagine surviving the harsh reality
of the Middle Ages just to die over some dispute
with your neighbor.
That’s a pretty tragic way to go if you askme.
Karen, these chickens are mine.
And speaking of death,
one of the most devastating things to happen back in those times
was the Black Death.
Occurring near the end of the Middle Ages,
around the middle of the 14th century,
the Black Death was a horrific global epidemic
of plague that proportionately caused the most amount of deaths
than any other known epidemic or war up to its time.
The plague spread from person to person through the air,
as well as by the bite of an infected
flea and rat — but no one really knew that back then.
It understandably caused a bunch of panic,
leading people to flee from the cities to the countryside.
That didn’t help much though,
as the Black Death affected livestock like goats and sheep.
Peasants also usually lived with their animals in the same hut,
so you can see how they
really was no escape from the devastation.
With all of the inferior medical practices that they had back then,
it’s a wonder that anyone survived.
I mean vaccines didn’t even really become a thing
until around the turn of the 18th
century after Edward Jenner — who is thought
of as the founder of Western vaccinology — inoculated
a young child in 1796 with cowpox,
who then afterwards showed an immunity to smallpox.
今天 正是因为疫苗的存在 天花病毒只有在实验室才能看见
Today, because of vaccines, smallpox no longer exists outside the lab.
That’s good, because according to the CDC,
it seems like 3 out of 10 people who got it
generally didn’t survive,
making it a pretty terrifying thing to get back in the Middle Ages.
And while you’ve probably heard
of bloodletting — that creepy practice where leeches were
supposed to suck out an illness — what
very possibly was even more painful back then was
their “treatment” for hemorrhoids.
Nothing too fancy,
just a searing hot poker applied directly to the site of the problem.
Ouch! Oh, and there’s some evidence
to suggest that urine was generally seen as an antiseptic at the time,
so patients really had a rough go of it all around — even if they
did manage to survive everything else.
So what do you think?
Could you have survived the Middle Ages?
Is there any other time period you’d like us to travel to next?
Let me know in the comments below.
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Hold up gang!
Did you see that!?
It’s probably Santa!
Wait a minute, that’s not Santa.
It’s just a big pile of plastics.
I was worried about this happening.
一如既往 我叫布洛克 这里是《品生活》
As always, my name is Blocko, this has been life noggin,
don’t forget to keep on thinking!