New Category: Historia (6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everybody Believes).

New Category: Historia (6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everybody Believes).

Do we know our past ? Can we know our past ? Is it important to know our past ?
Is there one past ? Are there many pasts ? Can we learn from our past ?

Does the past repeat itself like the seasons ? Or does the past lead to one future ?
Or is it both, or is the one the other, or is it neither ?
And when does the present come into creation ? And when does it end ?

Therefore a new category: “Historia”.
And here’s a modernily (wtf!) written, sexy (pictures! and a numbered list!)  primer !

6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everybody Believes
(middle ages is around 500-1000, or is it 1500 ? there you go; do we know our past ?)

  • #6. Scientific Progress Was Dead
    Not true: “…the church wasn’t responsible for killing science — to the contrary, it was largely responsible for saving it.”.
    And: “…were bringing Europeans into contact with advanced Muslim ideas of science and technology. “.
  • #5. Everyone Smelled Like Complete Shit
    Not true: “They were way into bathing for much of the Middle Ages. Maybe too into it…”
    And (funny !): “…probably washing each other’s dongs while having loud conversations about how incredibly not gay they were…”.
  • #4. Knights Were Honorable, Chivalrous Warriors
  • #3. Everyone Was a Prude
  • #2. Women Were Treated as Cattle
  • #1. Life Was Horrible and Everyone Died Young
    Not true: “But if a male living in 1500 managed to see his 21st birthday, he was expected to live around 50 more years from that point.” ( That’s 71, mind you ! )
    And: “..but your typical peasant actually worked around eight hours a day, with long breaks for meals and naps…. medieval peasants were on holiday for a good one-third of the year. “
    (See also: Life_expectancy#Variation_over_time (wikipedia))

Here’s the link to the informative (and very funny) article. [1]
Maybe not an all too scientific article but certainly food for thought. And digging a little deeper we might find it to be more realistic then our current impression of life in the dark, gloomy, life-so-short-and-miserable Middle Ages.

And hey dude ! maybe our own times needs some reinterpreting of their own !
Because with the way it’s going… (cant even trust the germans anymore with their car software, and we also got some early-medieval-like (ie: huns, visigoths etc) population shifts going on, and also some other issues…). And first half twentieth century wasn’t too great (understatement!) either. And come to think of it, neither was the nineteenth century [2].

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[1] Would you like to know more ? (following paul verhoeven’s would-you-like-to-know-more-propaganda-and-starship-troopers). See www.medievalists.net/15-myths-middle-ages/.
[2] Zie bijvoorbeeld: kinderarbeid Spinx, Maastricht.

“…probably washing each other’s dongs while having loud conversations about how incredibly not gay they were…” :-)

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