1. Pigs had the run of the city
In London, pigs owned by the Hospitaliers of London were allowed to roam the streets freely.
2. The barber’s pole used to literally be blood and bandages
Many barbers were also part-time surgeons. They would hang bloodied bandages on poles which would twist in the wind to create the spiral pattern. Think on that next time you go for a hair cut.
3. England used to be bear country
Taking a walk could bring you into contact with a angry brown bear. However, these died out some time in the 11th Century.
4. The lords ate well
If a lord really wanted to impress his guests he’d come up with something like wild boar or even roast swan
5. People had a strange way of telling the time
The day was divided up into seven hours which varied in length according to the season. A summer hour, for example, was much longer than a winter hour.
6. Shops were pretty basic
A shop tended to be a shack which was open to a street. Signs didn’t help much as most people couldn’t read, so instead there were models showing the craftsman’s trade.
7. Getting into the right school was important
If people are worried about getting into the right school now, so too were peasants. Secure a church education for your child and the sky was the limit. Peasants could easily become influential noblemen themselves with the right kind of schooling.
8. Marriage was simple
Getting married used to be very simple. All you needed was to recite a few lines in front of a witness and that was that. It could happen in the street, in a field, tavern or even in a hedge. Things only changed once the Church decided that it should be the gatekeeper of all things to do with love and happiness.
9. The Middle Ages gave us universities
Our finest establishments such as Oxford date back to the Middle Ages. Back then they were violent places and there were rules forbidding students from carrying bows.
10. Old bread could get you high
Most people had to eat what they could grow, and when the wheat ran out they had to make do with old rye. This could go off and sometimes had qualities similar to LSD. However, in extreme cases it could lead to death.