July 17th, 2007

Would you have survived in the Middle Ages?

Shamus Young suggested a question today: Would you have survived in the Middle Ages?

Ignore all the general risks - like typhoid or the plague or cholera - that everyone would have faced in general. Let’s assume you were lucky and missed those. (Unless by some chance you actually DID face one of them in your life.) Also ignore the fact that your deadly injury might have been caused by modern technology, like an auto accident. Just pretend you were trampled by a horse or something. So, given the injuries and illness you’ve faced in your life so far: Did you make it? Would you have survived to your current age?

Would you be in the cart or pulling it?

If I could see where I was going, I would be pulling the cart. Good Italian peasant stock here, but very, very near-sighted.