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How would medieval kings see today?

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  1. mrbig
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    That's an interesting thought experiment. I remember fondly of Beethoven going crazy on musical keyboards in a shopping mall in the time travel documentary Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

    That's an interesting thought experiment.

    I remember fondly of Beethoven going crazy on musical keyboards in a shopping mall in the time travel documentary Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

    8 votes
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    Thrabalen
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    I would think they'd find our liberties and freedoms to be excessive. Dangerous, even. "The common man doesn't heed the word of their ruler? Insanity. The ruler doesn't send his soldiers to quell...

    I would think they'd find our liberties and freedoms to be excessive. Dangerous, even. "The common man doesn't heed the word of their ruler? Insanity. The ruler doesn't send his soldiers to quell the uprising? Madness!"

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      mrbig
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      Medieval peasants, on the other hand, might think we live in a wonderland. They would be probably delighted with the amount of animal protein, spices and sugar most people can eat nowadays. They'd...

      Medieval peasants, on the other hand, might think we live in a wonderland.

      They would be probably delighted with the amount of animal protein, spices and sugar most people can eat nowadays. They'd lose their teeth in a month or two :P

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      1. Spel
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        I think there'd be a very wide range of reactions. They'd certainly be amazed by a lot of things, but many would be horrified by other things. Imagine placing a peasant who, while living a hard...

        I think there'd be a very wide range of reactions. They'd certainly be amazed by a lot of things, but many would be horrified by other things. Imagine placing a peasant who, while living a hard life, is used to controlling their own time in a sweatshop where every second of their time is controlled by someone else. Imagine how modern loneliness would be experienced by someone who's barely spent a moment alone in their entire life. Imagine the reactions of religious hardliners to the many temptations on public display. I think many of them would have lived lives with such regular rythms that the "freedom" we have today would be experienced as a burden.

        Obivously I'm not arguing that medieval peasants lived better lives than people do today, just that they'd have some very mixed feelings and that it looks nothing like what a wonderland they sat down and designed would look like.

        8 votes
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        Thrabalen
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        Forget food. Indoor plumbing.

        Forget food. Indoor plumbing.

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        1. Kuromantis
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          And literally all of medicine.

          And literally all of medicine.

          5 votes