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  • (#3) A Moment Is Actually A Set Amount Of Time

    From Redditor u/AReallyBadChemist

    TIL A moment was a medieval measurement of time and corresponded to 90 seconds.


  • (#7) Medieval Dentistry Was Surprisingly Advanced

    From Redditor u/Tokyono

    TIL that medieval dentists knew how to fill cavities, treat facial fractures, could spot oral cancer, and even knew the basics of whitening teeth. Evidence also suggests they knew how to create dentures out of cow bone and human teeth.


  • (#5) Medieval People Entertained Themselves With 'Cat Burning'

    From Redditor u/el_muerte28

    TIL about Cat Burning, a form of entertainment in medieval Europe. It involved such "amusement" ranging from putting cats in a bag and throwing them into a bonfire to setting them ablaze and chasing them through the streets.


  • (#4) The Medieval Era Had Its Own Version Of 'The Purge'

    From Redditor u/bort-thrillho:

    TIL of the 'Ill Week' - a kind of late medieval version of the Purge. When Elizabeth I died there was a popular belief that the laws of a kingdom were suspended between the death of a sovereign and the proclamation of the successor.


  • (#12) Why A Baker's Dozen Is 13

    From Redditor u/froyoboyz

    TIL that a bakers dozen is comprised of 13 because in medieval England there were laws that related the price of bread to the price of the wheat used to make it. Bakers caught cheating customers by overpricing undersized loaves were punished. For fear of coming up short, they would throw in extra.


  • (#11) Medieval Scribes Were Creative In The Margins

    From Redditor u/Tokyono

    TIL: Medieval scribes would frequently scribble complaints in the margins of books as they copied them, as their work was so tedious. Recorded complaints range from “As the harbor is welcome to the sailor, so is the last line to the scribe,” to “Oh, my hand,” and, "A curse on thee, O pen!"


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The Middle Ages is considered to be one of the darkest periods in European history. Frequent wars, the imprisonment of the Catholic Church, the stagnant development of technology and productivity, and diseases are all causes of many problems. But the Middle Ages is also a very interesting historical period, and most people don't know enough about it.

This is a period of relatively slow development in the history of European civilization, and society and minds were accelerating the transformation. In fact, there are many disputes about the Middle Ages. The random tool explains 15 interesting facts about the Middle Ages that most people did not know.

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