Medieval Monday: Strange Medieval Terms

If you’re new to these here parts, every Monday I like to do what I call Medieval Monday. Each month has a certain theme, but the one thing every MM post will have in common is that it deals directly with the medieval age.

For the month of March, in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (which was the 2nd), each MM post will be highlighting the quirky and strange, while at the same time being fun and informative. After all, Dr. Seuss was all about writing fun, quirky stories that usually had a valuable lesson to teach. As always, if there is something you would like to see featured in a Medieval Monday, hop into the comments and say so.

For today’s Medieval Monday, I’m linking you to the Top 10 Strange Medieval Terms You’ve (Probably) Never Heard Of at Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:

The Strappado

This was a nasty little torture device. An individual’s hands were bound behind the back, then he or she was suspended by the wrists. You can imagine that this went beyond discomfort, causing a person’s arms to be pulled up, dislocating the shoulders. It’s difficult to imagine anyone not confessing to anything from eating meat on a Friday to harboring aliens from one of those bright lights in the sky.




      1. Yes! There will be a new entry tomorrow!

        I’m afraid it’s nothing horror related though. But it does have some pretty weird stuff since this month’s theme is related to Dr. Seuss!

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