What are the most disturbing facts about the Middle Ages? Top 8 facts.
Here are some disturbing, scary or weird facts in the Middle Ages:
THE FACT N1.
During the Black Plague, 30–50% of the European population died, in some areas being as high as 50%.
THE FACT N2.
Most people are familiar with the Crusades, but most people aren’t aware of the Children’s Crusades when thousands of children were gathered into an “army” to peacefully convert the Muslim infidels in the holy land. The children didn’t end up making it to the holy land and many of them died of starvation or were sold into slavery.
THE FACT N3.
During the Middle Ages, at least 20–30% of young children under seven died by diseases such as measles, tuberculosis, influenza smallpox, etc. (the actual death toll is likely much higher.)
THE FACT N4.
Torture was common during this period and there was no shortage of sick fucks with an ingenuity of creating instruments designed to maximize pain, such as Judas’s Cradle, the Heretic’s Fork, the Cat’s Paw and the Pear, I’ll spare you the details of these medieval punishments.
THE FACT N5.
Animals were tortured for entertainment in the form of cat burning, bear baiting and dog fighting while the sickos in the crowd laughed and enjoyed themselves.
THE FACT N6.
People, especially the nobles, used urine to wash their faces and for exfoliation to eliminate skin impurities. Pale skin was very fashionable at the time and women wore makeup that contained lead to bring out this effect. The result was premature death among many women.
THE FACT N7.
Then there was the genius idea of putting animals on trial for certain crimes. Though it seems unlikely that the animals would be able to represent themselves in an attempt to get a lighter sentence.
THE FACT N8.
Urine was also used by doctors to treat wounds. After the Black Plague, people were convinced by some doctors that the reason why the plague spread was because people were bathing too frequently. As a result, people decided to bath as little as possible.