If they managed to survive plague and pestilence, medieval humans may have enjoyed healthier lifestyles than their descendants today, it has been claimed.
Survive the plague? Hardly. the plague was a death sentence – over 99% of people infected died from it. You didn’t catch the plague and lived through it.
Their low-fat, vegetable-rich diet – washed down by weak ale – was far better for the heart than today’s starchy, processed foods, one GP says.
And while they consumed more they burnt off calories in a workout of 12 hours’ labour, Dr Roger Henderson concludes.
But the Shropshire GP accepts that life for even prosperous peasants was tough.
Here’s life in the anarco-syndicalist commune:
How tough was it?
“If you got to 30 in those days you were doing well, past 40 and you were distinctly long in the tooth,” he concedes.