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  • ah medieval times.

  • A period of dashing knights, fair maidens, and towering castles dotting the land.

  • And for most people the time of short.

  • Hungary and horribly unhygienic lives turns out the middle Ages were less king Arthur and more monty python and the Holy grail.

  • In terms of the general suffering and filth, depicted as you can imagine, some of the jobs required to keep society barely functioning at a time of primitive medicine, little technology and absolutely awful sanitation are so bad we couldn't find just one to name the worst.

  • So come back in time with us as we explore some of the worst jobs to have in medieval times, including leech collector.

  • Some antiquated medical practices, perhaps even modern health trends involved leaching the blood out of people to cure them bleeding patients, as the process was called, was considered a cure from ancient Egyptian times onwards, for a whole host of ailments, including skin problems, infections, nervous system abnormalities, and even dental diseases.

  • Doctors used leeches frequently in their offices, but surely medical professionals at the time weren't hunting down leeches themselves.

  • So who did and how enter the leech collector?

  • Who did the job In the simplest and worst way imaginable.

  • He would simply wait into a nearby pond or bog raise up his clothes to expose his legs and wait until a horde of leeches attach themselves to his body.

  • He would then slowly pull them off while they were distracted by feasting on his veins and sell them to the local doctor or Barbara surgeon speaking of terrible professions.

  • Yes, you heard that right?

  • Barber and surgeon, we're not sure how cutting bangs and removing appendixes.

  • Both fell under one person's job description, but there you have it.

  • As a small aside, you might be surprised to know that leeches are still occasionally used in modern medicine today though, for different purposes, leeches have anticoagulants properties in their saliva that are used to prevent blood clots and ease venous congestion or blood pooling in veins after specific surgeries.

  • However, leeches today are especially bred for that purpose, and no one has to wait into a pond barefoot to collect them.

  • Tanner as one of the most well known medieval professions and smiled.

  • The last name is so common today.

  • Tanner's also had incredibly difficult jobs.

  • They specialized in extracting and preserving the hides of animals for use in manufacturing and other industries.

  • However, this process was easier said than done.

  • We suggest you put down your sandwich for this next part and vegans maybe skip it entirely.

  • Tanner soak the hides of cattle and pigs and giant pits of lime.

  • This softened the animal's hair and tissues and they could scrape them off by hand.

  • The final step was surprisingly even more revolting as clean hides were re immersed in pits full of a mixture of water and dog feces so they could be further soften.

  • The pits were constantly kept fermenting and that mixed with the dead animal smell as well as soaked hair and fat made tanneries one of the most disgusting and foul smelling places around be honest, we never guessed the last name of D.

  • J.

  • Uncle Jesse and Danny came from such a gross career.

  • Next violin string maker, A violin string maker.

  • That sounds like such a refined, classy skill.

  • How could it possibly be one of the worst jobs in medieval times?

  • Well, that's because the middle ages will find a way to make almost everything revolved around excrement or animal innards.

  • So here we go.

  • The 17th century saw a technological revolution in the ease of string making for various musical instruments.

  • However, we're unfortunately not there yet.

  • At this point in time of the three violin strings back then, some had to be thick enough to play lower notes.

  • Medieval people found that twisting strands of sheep innards tightly together did the job adequately.

  • So the medieval men who made violin strings would first butcher a sheep very carefully.

  • So as did not rupture the stomach or lower intestines.

  • Then followed hours of painstaking work to trim away everything around the interns, including blood vessels, muscles and fat.

  • A blood spattered violin string maker hammering away at a sheep stomach is already giving you a less glamorous image than you initially had right in The final step.

  • String makers soaked the sheep guts in a solution of wood ash.

  • They had to constantly stay on top of the solution, monitoring the guts for hours to make sure that they didn't rot in the ash, clean them out properly.

  • As tedious as watching paint dry, but also a million times worse in every conceivable way.

  • Who knew making beautiful classical instruments could be one of the most simultaneously disgusting and boring jobs on the list.

  • Speaking of classy sounding but horrible.

  • In reality, professions, groom of the stool.

  • Yes.

  • This fancy sounding job was considered so prestigious that only high level aristocrats were even looked at for the task and it involved wiping the king's bottom and checking his feces seriously.

  • Even in a castle, there was no way to get away from the ship that stained most of the professions.

  • In this video, we see the king of England was considered divine almost on the level of a god within the kingdom.

  • The idea that he also had human needs, such as going to the bathroom was accepted, but many believe that he couldn't be allowed to do something as indecent as wiping after relieving himself.

  • So, so a trusted aristocrat was given the assignment of not only cleaning the king after a visit to the royal throne, which was in fact, a toilet chair that the groom of the stool also fetched, he was also responsible for collecting and examining the excrement to assess the king's health.

  • First of all, if the king became constipated or had other valuable problems which, judging from the hygienic conditions.

  • Most food was made in back then was probably pretty often the groom of the stool was responsible for administering an enema.

  • We'll take a moment here to remind you that this was supposedly revered position for aristocrats though.

  • Let's be real.

  • Also somewhat humiliating historical records, point to Henry the eighth as the possible originator of this position because of course he was since most insane things in the english empire started with him.

  • Rat catcher.

  • Let's take a break from jobs involving excrement to hear more about jobs involving plague carrying animals.

  • Instead, rat catchers, also known as chess a Dorado, were necessary positions in any big medieval city as well as in large castles, cities without proper sanitation systems, so pretty much all of them in the middle ages easily became overrun with rats which brought disease and germs with them, not to mention at a time when access to meals was pretty much a toss up on any given day.

  • A rat infestation that consumed or taint the food supply could easily cause a family to starve.

  • If the situation spiraled out of control in the household again, we would consider sighting of literally any rat in our house out of control.

  • A rat catcher was called in to help clear the place of vermin.

  • They used many methods to do so.

  • One involved rubbing oils on their hands and clothes such as aniseed and time, which attracted rats and then just kind of hanging around till the rats came over, disregarding all sense of hygiene or gag reflexes.

  • He would then catch the rats swarming around him with his bare hands, why not use a trap, any sane person might be asking right now?

  • Well some did, but many did not want to kill the rats they caught because they apparently sold them.

  • That's right.

  • Someone out there was paying big two by rats for what purpose?

  • Historical records absolutely refused to show.

  • But plenty of people were apparently willing to purchase them.

  • Other methods of attracting rats included letting trained cats loose in the house, reciting spells and sometimes hanging 2-3 dead rats on a stick and walking around the town yelling death to rats.

  • The latter might have just been to advertise their services.

  • The efficacy of these methods varied quite wildly, but you might just now be realizing you've already heard the tale of the most famous rat catcher of all the pied piper.

  • That's right.

  • The famous Children's fairy tale, which ends with a mass abduction and or drowning, depending on the version is centered around a rat catcher.

  • They're simply have to be better stories out there for our kids.

  • You'd be hard pressed to find any fairy tales about this next job though.

  • Gong farmer, the gong farmer, what's that great question with a predictably nauseating explanation.

  • Gong farmers also known as night men had one of the least sought after jobs and castles of yore and yes, we're including the people who had to wipe the king's behind because gong farmers were responsible for collecting everything that came out of it.

  • See back then, instead of septic systems or anything else that makes our homes breathable castles had cesspit on their lower level, which contained all the excrement unloaded from within the castle walls.

  • Gong farmers had to go in and dig up weeks or even months worth of human waste in order to empty the pits to give an idea of how massive an amount we're dealing with here, they usually were paid by the time, not to mention that since they were digging into giant soggy pits in tight quarters.

  • Occasionally, some gong farmers would be found suffocated in the stool.

  • Surely one of the worst ways to ever die.

  • As you can imagine, the people who did the job were considered outcasts, both because of their daily tasks and we can only imagine the ensuing smell that no amount of medieval ax body spray could disguise.

  • Why were they called gong farmers gong came from the old english word meaning going as in the farmers were cleaning up years and years of the pile from the people in the castle going to the bathroom also gone, Farmers sounds better than the men who clean up poop moving on bone grubber bone grubber definitely has to be near the top of the list for worst jobs to have in medieval times, the profession is exactly what it sounds like.

  • People would go scavenging through junk yards, butcher shops and other places we surely don't want to know about in an effort to find and collect bones, they would sell those bones for a good profit, since scavenging for them costs nothing except dignity.

  • What in the world would someone want with bones at the time?

  • It turns out quite a lot.

  • They were used for toothbrush handles, teething rings, and other personal items around the house.

  • Otherwise, they were boiled down for soap making or ground into fertilizer.

  • Don't worry.

  • There's only one more terrible job left to describe.

  • Can you guess what it is?

  • Barber surgeon?

  • The barber surgeon.

  • That's right.

  • We finally got back around to it.

  • Let's take a step back and ask why we're barbers doubling as surgeons in the first place, turns out they weren't just doing surgical work.

  • Barbara is also worked as dentists applied leeches to patients dissected corpses, and basically did a lot of the grunt work physician monks wouldn't do frequently under their direction.

  • See, in 11 63 Pope alexander, the third barred clergyman, who usually worked as physicians, from shedding blood, finding it incompatible with their holy position, since bloodletting via leeches was still one of the most popular medical treatment at the time, someone had to take over and barber stepped up to the plate.

  • Barber surgeons were looked down on at the time compared to the usually university educated physicians, physicians and surgeons would get all the credit and prestige.

  • While Barbara surgeons had to do the actual work of tending to patients in very primitive medical times without much respect from the public.

  • What did this include pulling teeth out of screaming patient's mouths, and also whitening teeth with nitric acid which had the unintended but completely predictable effect of destroying them entirely in the long run, dissecting dead bodies.

  • Under step by step, instructions from physicians who quite simply didn't want to do that work themselves.

  • Lastly, barber surgeons had to find a way to advertise their barbaric.

  • No pun intended, But necessary services.

  • They first tried putting bowls of blood they had relieved patients of in their store window, which would eventually congeal and stink up the place.

  • This was considered such a disgusting practice, even by the standards of medieval Europe, that the citizens of London push to pass along 1307, banning the practice.

  • That's right.

  • Barber surgeon started acting too gross for a medieval London.

  • A city full of rat catchers and bone Grubbers.

  • The city of London advised the barber's to get rid of their leftover blood by throwing it in the thames instead.

  • Because the concept of water contamination apparently hadn't been invented yet.

  • So what could Barbara surgeons do now to advertise their work?

  • Well, they were quite adapt at removing kidney stones.

  • They traveled around with a special with artemis table, gathering those who were suffering from kidney stones to have them surgically removed in public with an audience watching.

  • They had to make sure their work was beyond reproach as if the procedure went wrong.

  • The barber surgeons were fined heavily for their mistakes.

  • Something which we're sure came as little consolation to any patient they had accidentally butchered by that time.

  • Now that, you know all about the worst jobs to have in medieval times, which one had, you never heard of before.

  • You know the scale of 1 to 10.

  • How happy are you to be living in the 21st century?

  • Let us know in the comments below.

  • In the meantime, check out some cool historical facts in this video or click this other video right here.

ah medieval times.

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Medieval Jobs So Bad You'd Rather Be Dead

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/12/01
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