In the past 4,000 years, the human race has come a very long way. We once used arrows and swords to fight wars, now we use guns and missiles. Only the rich used to know how to read and write, but now every single person has the opportunity. We even used to look up at the sky and dream about flying and touching the stars, and now we can fly anywhere we want to, including outer space. In 2016, there may be conflicts and instances of terror, but we still live in a time of great scientific and medical advancements, in a time when information is just a click away, and a time in which social issues and gender equality are at the forefront and causing real change. Several centuries ago though, none of this was the case, as people lived in a time period where no one would want to go back in time to visit.
Medieval Times, or the Dark Ages, is a historical period that is also known as the Middle Ages, because of the fact that it lasted between the fall of the Roman Empire all the way to the start of the Italian Renaissance. Those who lived during this time had to deal with many things, like a lack of proper healthcare, terrible living conditions, constant outbreaks of disease, and instances of social oppression and inhumane treatment. Every period in history is filled with stretches of time which makes us grateful of the fact that we are lucky to live in the 21st Century; and this list will try to prove that point by offering you 15 things you probably did not know about the Dark Ages.
15 Their Use Of Eagle Dung
14 Forks Did Not Exist
13 Jails Were Terrible
12 Barber Shop Surgery
11 Lice Was Everywhere
10 Very Low Life Expectancy
9 Artificial Eyebrows Were In
8 Humans Licked Wounds Of Others
7 Pee-Based Laundry Detergent
6 Extreme Beauty Methods
5 Actual Chastity Belts
4 Effective Birth Control?
3 Animals Could Be Put On Trial
2 Really Poor Sanitation
1 Women Were Not Allowed To Be On Top
At the number one spot on this list is something that by today’s logic, everyone will see as completely and utterly absurd, because during the Dark Ages, the church was so powerful, that it even mandated how people were supposed to have intercourse. Today, when a couple gets intimate, they can enjoy multiple positions together without anyone in a position of power telling them what is permitted, and one of those positions is when the woman is on top. During the Dark Ages, this position was deemed illegal by the church, because it gave off the impression that the woman was more dominant than the man, which was considered a sin; the church also viewed it as a position that served to give the woman pleasure instead of just getting her pregnant, which back then, was also considered to be a sin. If a woman was ever caught being on top, they could even be placed on trial and sent to one of those terrible prisons.
Sources: Diply, List25
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