Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What would you like to see?

So far I've had about fifty posts about medieval life (including a few on my novels).  So I ask you, the readers of this blog, what would you like to see next?

I've had posts on sex, on childhood, on castles, on Christianity, and so much more.  I of course could keep going indefinitely, but if there are specific topics you're hoping I would cover, either add a "comment" at the end of this post or get hold of me through my website (www.Daimbert.com).

So far, I've barely touched on saints or medieval theology, have just given passing attention to agriculture, have a whole lot more I could say about monasticism, and have just hinted at criteria for kingship.  And that just scratches the surface!  So if you want to see something addressed sooner rather than later, let me know!

5 comments:

  1. Medicine, diagnoses and treatments, please, Dale. I particularly need to know, for my new book, how they would treat, or attempt to treat, gangrene caused by frostbite. I imagine they might use leeches first to see if they can suck up the bad blood or even get the circulation going again, assuming they knew that was what was needed. I know they would amputate if all else failed, but I would like to know how much they knew about sterilisation, sealing off blood vessels, etc. Also, how would they be likely to treat pneumonia? I am thinking mint in steam and possibly willow bark? Sorry to be a pain, but I have looked all over the internet for the info and thought you might know. Thanks.

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  2. As above, but I am talking 12th century, 1142 to be precise.

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    1. Seek and ye shall find! Ask, and it shall be given unto you.

      Your thoughts on what they would do are pretty good!

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  3. The talk about bows in your last post reminded me of something: What was the legal status of the yeomanry, beyond the fact that they had their own lands? And were they an uniquely english thing? Or they existed elsewhere in Western Europe?
    And what about their lands? It was rented? Their own (only submitted to the king)? Or their lands were given to them by the nobles?
    Thanks in advance!

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    1. The term "yeomen" is English but there were free peasants all over Europe. Some owned their land outright, some rented, some did some of each. I believe I've got a post on medical peasants to get you started.

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