Truly disgusting facts about life in medieval England. Part 2
So, in the last part of the article we told you about some very strange and disgusting facts of life in medieval England. We hope that you appreciate the environment in which you live now. Of course, one can argue about who is really to blame for what was happening at the time - the people or the weak government, which could not curb nonsense "mere mortals", but the fact remains.
Slop on the streets, garbage and feces that flooded roads, a fresh urine on wounds, and so on. All this is very strange and disgusting. Today we will continue to dedicate you to the realities of life in medieval England.
Men's clothing and armor of the bulge between his legs
Something strange was going on with the fashion in England of the 14th century. Among the good of the British quickly gained popularity a new kind of clothing that, in fact, clothing-it was difficult to call. The main fashion hit dashing 1300s was the so-called doublet - a kind of tight outerwear that hung just a few inches below the waist. Pants at the time considered to be something of a bad taste, so under his skin-tight doublet English gentlemen wore no less tight stockings that have been specially designed to the same "mound" look as much as possible and picturesque between the legs. Over time, the medieval fashion is gaining momentum. Instead of just demonstrating to all passers-by that which God has given, men began to wear special pants with padding in the groin, which were to make them visually more impressive dignity. Even in the sixteenth century, the knights, who were in full uniform on the battlefield, sought to intimidate his enemies not only the spear that is sharpened in the hands, but also the "spear", which was between his legs. All right, in armor attended a special element in the form of massive steel, as if, so to speak, "nachlennika" which pointed strongly at around noon.
The majority of people sleeping on the muddy ground
Wealth - this is not a vice, but an opportunity. For most people who do not have the soul of a penny, the house was actually a shack under an open sky. Old ramshackle houses in most cases were just ruins, which were scurrying to and fro rats instead floors were sprinkled leaves and various trash. Leftovers, rotten leaves and wood are attracted to the house of the poor of various parasites. In most cases, people change the top layer of "floors" (remove the old leaves and replaced with a new one), but no one ever bothered to sweep all. Therefore, even if the upper layers are more or less normal and suitable for sleeping, all that was underneath, was a teeming reservoir of different insects, which nobody touched for decades. One guest from Holland complained that in some English houses should smell of vomit, urine, alcohol, rotten fish, and other abominations that even difficult to describe. It is one thing when you walk around this hotbed of disease, and another thing when you sleep on it. Some simply did not have beds, and they are pressed against the body and the face-to-twenty-year layer of vomit, faeces and rotting.
Doctors smeared with bird droppings pregnant women
The birth of a child - it is not a pleasant process. It is filled with pain and fear, but, despite this, in medieval England with the birth, everything was several times worse. At that time, doctors had no particular ideas nachet how to save the woman in childbirth, if something goes wrong. The only thing they were able to pretty good, so it is to rely on divine intervention, so that's exactly what they have done in most cases. Monks and midwives sat next to the woman in labor and prayed, calling the child to get out of the womb healthy and without harm to the mother. Those who did not believe the priests who relied on magic. Sorcerers pregnant poured into the throat of a mixture of vinegar, sugar and daubed their eagle droppings in the hope that it will help. When the idea to bring the magical powers of sinking with a bang, they're just praying for a miracle. In addition to the British kakashek also relied on the special consecrated belts that were supposed to help women in labor. When the wife of Henry III became pregnant, he ordered the monks to bring him the sacred zone of Yorkshire abbey. None of this seems to have did not work particularly well. It is estimated that one in three children died before the age of five years, and about 20 percent of all mothers have died during childbirth.
aborted fetuses were used as a contraceptive
The women who were in need of contraceptives or would like to have an abortion / pregnant, visited the so-called witch (but obviously they did not sell condoms and birth control pills). Contraceptives that are sold these witches were incredibly awful. They were doing a special magic amulets, which were supposed to help get pregnant, or get rid of the child (optional). Inside each of them had two testicles affection, children's tooth and a severed finger of aborted fetuses. They also sell love potions, which in composition were essentially the same. Their love potions mostly contained aborted embryos. Apparently, those who buy a love potion, had to give him to drink his victim.