A relatively recent interest of mine are the Middle Ages. Don’t ask me why, but there is something about that time, especially the more mundane aspects like cooking, family live, etc., that I think are really fascinating. Not the least because it’s also somewhat the history of my homeland.
On one of The Wife‘s thrift store expeditions I came across Life in a Medieval City by Joseph & Frances Gies, which looks at the town/city of Troyes in 1250 and, well, the title of the book is pretty self-explanatory, no?
Anyway, turns out that in the 12th century idiots were dealt with pretty quickly:
The adventures of the embattled bishop Anségise left Troyes in the hands of the counts of Vermandois, who ran out of direct heirs in the eleventh century. A combative cousin named Count Eudes seize Troyes, announced that he was henceforth the count of the Champagne, and dared anybody do contradict him. After a turbulent career, Count Eudes died as he had lived, by the sword, or perhaps by the battle axe — his widow had to identify his body by a birthmark.