Myths about the Middle Ages Death penalty In the movies we see, very often show public executions, and the people who get killed just for nothing. In fact, the Middle Ages were not as dark as it is considered. For example, were sentenced to death only those offenders who have committed very very well, grim crime. Yes, often overdid with "enemies of the King" or "enemies of the Church," is yes. But as for common criminals, so to speak, they were executed quite rare. In addition, public executions often arranged only for the rich, and often carried out executions without inviting a huge number of people.The most common penalty was hanging, and not cutting off the head - this type of punishment was used for the aristocracy, which is something wrong in front of the king.Starvation Many of us believe that almost all the people in the Middle Ages were starving. In fact, civilians (those who worked the land, at least), each day had fresh bread, meat and beer. In addition, the dish was dried meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables. Poultry, fish - is also common components of the diet of inhabitants of the Middle Ages. Some of the farmers also kept bees. There were, of course, difficult times, and in some countries it was, but, nevertheless, the situation with the food in those days was much better than is generally assumed. Dirty and smelly This is not true. Generally speaking, it is unclear where this myth went. In fact, in any medieval town, even a little, there were public baths, which receive a large number of people every day. Aristocracy washed almost every day, were, of course, the people who washed less often, but, nevertheless, the majority of people wash frequently. The French even had a run Latin proverb «Venari, ludere, lavari, bibere; Hoc est vivere!», Which means "hunting, game, bathing, drinking - that's what it means to live!". Peaceful life At the time, as people at that time were working very hard, because the cultivation of the fields and raising animals was the only way to get food, none worked without rest. Farmers often spent holidays on which danced, drank, played, fought. Violence is everywhere and always And it turns out to be true. Of course, anything may happen, but what we see in the movies - is nonsense.In those days there was nothing that could be compared with the actions of people like Hitler, for example.Genocide as such, virtually no. In addition, there were no serial killers, mass murder (except Wars), and more. Even the Inquisition did not kill as many people as described in the books and shows now. For example, in the records of the Inquisition 160 years shows 826 executions.