Thursday, September 22, 2005

Do me a favor.

I would like anyone reading this to think for a moment and cite at least one thing they enjoy that a medieval peasant would have given his/her right arm for.

Here are a few to get you started:

A toilet
Running water


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok - you have a strange spammer there, but let's see...automobiles? Electric light? Central heating?

Just a few. :)


8:24 PM  
Anonymous Heidi said...




tomatoes...LOL kidding...but if *I* were medieval, and *I* tasted tomatoes, *I* would REALLY want them. Maybe not give my right arm, though.

10:41 PM  
Anonymous Angie said...

The ones already mentioned are probably the biggies. I don't know if these would be worth a right arm, but the medievals would have probably greatly appreciated:

grocery stores
opportunities for education
curbside trash pickup

For a very funny account of modernity (at least as it was in late 1800's) meeting the Middle Ages, read Mark Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court." The Yank inexplicably appears at Camelot in the year 528 AD (after waking from a blow received "during a misunderstanding conducted with crowbars.") By the end of the book, our Yank has introduced such wonders as toothbrushes, a local newspaper, telegraphs, typewriters, billboard advertising (affixed to the armor of traveling knights), and several lines of railway. The humor is dry and biting at times, and the ending isn't a happy one--owing to the introduction of gunpowder and Gatling guns--but it's a great read.

10:43 AM  
Blogger craigellachie said...

Angie, that reminds me of a conversation I once had with a man from Africa. I asked him what he thought was the biggest difference was between his country and the US, and he said, "Education for everyone."

7:08 PM  
Blogger The Clinging Vine said...

This goes along with the whole "education" angle, but I was thinking books.

Books to teach about the LORD, provide amusement and instruction....

I think we take the prevalence of books for granted, and someone from those days would be knocked for a loop to see a Barnes and Noble and grasp what all it contains.

Oh, and chocolate bars. ;^)

Books 'n' bars!

The basics. :^p

10:20 AM  

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