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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.


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Jul. 17th, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
As much as I love the SCA (Medieval times as they SHOULD have been) I am afraid I would not survive actual life during the Medieval period.
I am:
~allergic to FOOD
~allergic to animals, mildew, blah blah...
~my cramps, allowed to run their course would complete incapacitate me every month
~insert random phobia
~not to mention my hippie-commie ways that, according to my parents, I've had since birth. I'm pretty sure they would have burned me as a witch.

Yeah. So I study it, research it, someday I'll be teaching it, and I play it, but no, Jody would not make it.
Jul. 17th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, definately good witch material from the sound of it.
Jul. 17th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
I definitely would have survived, I don't have any allergies or weird things about me. I'm a tough gal, up for a challenge but I do have a bad hearing loss and that might be difficult in the middle ages.

And I highly doubt I'd be in that cart. I wouldn't be the lowest of servants I don't think, but I'd be working hard and doing a good job of it.
Jul. 17th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Couldn't be any worse then mostly blind. LOL, we'd both be run over by a horse.
Jul. 17th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
This is fun
Truth? My dad's mum would have died in her 30s, she needed a hysterectomy. My dad would have lived, suffering only a mild concussion as a child and no infection. He married my mom at 22. My mom would have been ok until I was born. I was born almost two months premature, I would have died. My mother would either have committed suicide, due to being bipolar, or she would have lived until my brother was born. My mother would most certainly have died in childbirth with my bro. He was stuck in there good. If he survived birth, he would have lived until the age of 6. He contracted three horrible childhood illnesses and had to have his tonsils removed--they burst on the operating table. He was no where near death, but if it had been medieval times, he would have been. If my mother survived both child births, then she would surely have committed suicide after losing two children. My dad would have lived a long life, however, as a poor probably Anglican priest, probably in a small town. Perhaps marrying again.

However, if I had not been born premature, I would have lived a very long life. I have never been sick since I was born. So, if my mom had not lived so far north (preemies are really common in Alaska) I would most assuredly be alive today. So then, if I lived, my mother would likely not have committed suicide. If my bro had lived in the country with less pollution and icky sick people, likely less disease, and he would be alive also. However if we lived, in medieval times, it is EXTREMELY likely that my mother would have been locked in an attic somewhere, as when I turned 17 she went quite mad.

I would not have had a good dowry, though my brother is a good worker and would likely have become a land owner. He would either have cared for me and provided me with a dowry or I would be a spinster. My bro would be married by now. If I WERE a spinster it's likely that I would have cared for my dad in his old age, like a good dutiful daughter.
Jul. 17th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
Re: This is fun
With lots of cats, just be careful none of them were black.

Does the preemie thing affect the eskimos too? I wonder if it is the wonky sunlight?
Jul. 17th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
Re: This is fun
I think it does actually, many native populations are small. I know they used to celebrate every birth, no idea what it's like now.

Um, I think it's actually the polarity. If you're really far north the earth's magnetic field is stronger. I'm not sure what it does, but the rate that women miscarry in the far north is extremely high. At least, that's what I've been told.
Jul. 17th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
Pretty sure I'd still be around, but my brother would have been dead, dead, dead before the age of 8, in all likelihood. Thank goodness for modern medicine, that's all I've got to say!
Jul. 18th, 2007 07:06 pm (UTC)
considering my mom was in her mid thirties when i was born and needed harmones to have me. i would never have been born, but if i was for some reson i would be dead considering my appendex popped in first grade...if i for some reason reached adulthood i would be burned as a witch, for not submitting to men or being stubborn and doing what i want....of course i got all these trates from my mom so again i probaly wouldnt have been born because she would have been burned as a witch before having me.
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