10 Brutal Realities of Life in the Middle Ages

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The Middle Ages lasted from the fall of Rome in 486 AD through to the middle of the 15th century.

Only around 300 million people populated the entire world, and for the vast majority life was short, brutal, and often brought to a premature end through violent death or infectious disease.

This list looks at 10 reasons why the Middle Ages were not a golden age to be alive.

This is an encore of one of our previous lists, as presented by our YouTube host Simon Whistler. Read the full list!



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