Insane Things People Believed in Medieval Times

Wit Without Wisdom, Ep. 39

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The Medieval Age, those 1000 years of technological and intellectual darkness when superstition was the source of humankind’s explanation of the world.

Looking back today, many of the insane things people believed in medieval times seem funny. But in that age of faith, evil spirits, demons, and crazy remedies were wholeheartedly embraced.

In this episode, we take a tour of the fantastical medieval beliefs, including:

  • Burial practices

  • Common medical cures

  • The botanical value of virgins

  • How to summon the devil

  • The curse of Brussels sprouts

Plus a whole bunch more of crazy beliefs and remedies.

So take a break from living your own modern myth as shine a line of the crazy beliefs from the medieval period.

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