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7 Most GRUESOME Medieval Diseases & Their Cures (or Lack of)…



Life in the Middle Ages, between the fifth and the fifteenth centuries, was hard. Long before the discovery of penicillin, the people accepted that death was going to be with them sooner rather than later. Infections spread quickly and there were no inoculations, no cures and no defences against the misery it could inflict on the people of medieval England. Disease became man’s greatest enemy because it was almost impossible to avoid. Let’s take a look at some of the worst diseases to catch during the middle ages….

0:00 Introduction
2:23 St Anthony’s Fire
4:58 Leprosy
8:28 The Pox’s both Great and Small
12:48 The Black Death
16:40 The Sweating Sickness
18:42 Water Elf Disease
20:07 The King’s Evil

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Narrated & Edited by: James Wade

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  1. @jd749

    December 21, 2023 at 7:53 pm

    They trusted the science.

  2. @DonnaStevens-uo9vp

    December 24, 2023 at 5:08 am

    Thank God they didn’t have the ability to increase the virility of viruses like Covid 19 . We may not have been hear and now!

  3. @sirvilhelmofyanderland1902

    December 25, 2023 at 2:32 am

    My appendix burst Feb 16, 2021. It nearly killed me. But with modern medicine I survived. If this had happened 200 years ago. I’d be dead and my kids would be fatherless.

  4. @oggaBugga

    December 27, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    Imagine what the world would be like now if the Roman empire had not collapsed. We would likely of been an inter planetary species long ago…

  5. @nom12345ify

    December 30, 2023 at 6:46 pm

    Shoutout to modern medicine

  6. @Master_Blackthorne

    December 31, 2023 at 6:09 pm

    Had the benighted Roman Church learned from their Hellenic ancestors, they would have kept the aqueducts in repair for fresh water and taken a bath every day. Instead, they denounced these things as "Pagan" and were happy with filth, disease, and misery–which went with their pessimistic Christian worldview.

  7. @user-ul2jb9hr7c

    January 2, 2024 at 7:03 am

    Medieval people were idiots

  8. @RochellBarbara4690

    January 4, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    I love history and always wondered what it was like to live back then and boy and I happy to be living today 😂

  9. @JohnDoe-ls2ww

    January 7, 2024 at 2:40 pm

    Can you do a video on the pfizer c19 documents and the mass cases of the “died suddenlys”. Truly amazing times we live in here, modern middle ages. Kind of like the same nut jobs from history are still in charge today….or rather their offspring and ideologies.

  10. @Missjulie1975

    January 9, 2024 at 5:23 am

    18:07 – You said foreigners to England didn’t catch the sweating sickness but Catherine of Aragon caught it when she was married to Arthur Tutor (1st born of Henry VII & brother to Henry VIII)!

  11. @bobscott6223

    January 13, 2024 at 8:59 pm

    Thank god I live in this age and not that age.

  12. @altounedited3

    January 30, 2024 at 9:12 am

    Thumbnail shawty looking like 😅

  13. @lauren1779

    January 31, 2024 at 12:18 am

    I wonder if we do nasty gross things now from something we don’t know of and can’t see that they will know of 500 plus years from now

  14. @lynnsenger9950

    February 2, 2024 at 3:50 am

    For some reason, I felt weird hitting the Thumbs Up for this video.

  15. @ericawalker7695

    February 2, 2024 at 5:12 am

    Oh my god!

  16. @yarrow1113

    February 3, 2024 at 5:38 pm

    19:29 “this disease was thought to be caused by witchcraft” – oh, the cure? is also witchcraft lmao

  17. @fumanpoo4725

    February 3, 2024 at 11:04 pm

    I don't want agonizing pus boils on my nads. I don't want raging fever and bloody vomit.

  18. @Gfysimpletons

    February 4, 2024 at 1:24 am

    I bet sickle cell wasn’t pleasant. 😮

  19. @Gfysimpletons

    February 4, 2024 at 1:35 am

    Syphillis was from human/animal sex……just as all the rest of the STDs…….
    Including AIDS

  20. @fabriziocarrillo3368

    February 5, 2024 at 6:07 pm

    The voice of the narrator is to dramatic
    Not sure if I can finish the documentary

  21. @heidimisfeldt5685

    February 6, 2024 at 3:56 am

    What absolutely terrible appalling conditions all these people lived in, back in medieval times. How much misery could have been avoided, by simply cleaning the whole place up. By bathing and frequently washing their hands. By keeping their food clean, and hygienic at all times, and no matter what.

  22. @Lpell159

    February 6, 2024 at 9:01 pm

    I wonder what things we do now that so guy on YouTube will make a video about how dumb they are 500 years from now

  23. @Wandering_Nowhere

    February 12, 2024 at 12:07 am

    15:35 the aftermath, listing off several big positives. Maybe it's time for Plague round 2.

  24. @TheCatMomma

    February 12, 2024 at 4:05 pm


  25. @sadrabbit53

    February 15, 2024 at 2:45 am

    Humans really are a bunch of resilient cockroaches, huh? God plays Plague Inc. numerous times and we still won't die

  26. @bobbart4198

    February 15, 2024 at 8:16 pm

    … Want to travel ? – This is a part of what you are buying into … and it isn't a social or political statement … it's just the reality ! …

  27. @darrenmaddox6074

    February 18, 2024 at 12:17 am

    Just a thoughty ! What a brilliant channel

  28. @Whatt787

    February 21, 2024 at 9:41 am


  29. @stopbeingana-hole4151

    February 25, 2024 at 9:14 am

    These are insane. I could NOT live then at all. Immediately no.

  30. @amandahugankiss4110

    February 25, 2024 at 5:30 pm

    we are just as stupid now.
    willfully so it seems.
    wear a mask…

  31. @joshuagreenslade3445

    February 26, 2024 at 12:28 pm

    Ancient Egypt was nothing like mediaeval Europe it was very clean. also the Romans were very clean

  32. @kenhasibar2624

    February 26, 2024 at 6:12 pm

    Narration was terribly droll.

  33. @shadowgamez98

    February 29, 2024 at 1:17 pm

    How interesting…

  34. @ashleybellerose7104

    March 2, 2024 at 7:38 am

    O.o so thankful to be born in the 21st century

  35. @ashleybellerose7104

    March 2, 2024 at 7:40 am

    Your other video said people often died at 24 for me 33 for women in another video. Why they all look 60

  36. @benadrylcabbagepatch2527

    March 2, 2024 at 5:20 pm

    I really don’t like the track that played during the syphilis section… it’s very distracting.

  37. @dennisneo1608

    March 3, 2024 at 3:23 pm

    Thank the Catholic church for that!!

  38. @beverlyeick435

    March 4, 2024 at 6:45 pm

    Please, I don’t feel you need the music in the background! Please..

  39. @Phantasmagoria92

    March 5, 2024 at 7:48 am

    7:35 😂 is none gonna mention it? Bros packing

  40. @AmyMichelleMosier

    March 5, 2024 at 1:35 pm

    @23:25 Death is just the beginning.

    There’s so many people on this planet who have no clue why we die in the first place. They are convinced we are related to apes.

  41. @DougBull-jo9vc

    March 9, 2024 at 12:56 pm

    People need to be freaking greatful about their lives and thank god they weren't born in dark ages

  42. @Coxxy_Ray_of_Sunshineee

    March 9, 2024 at 1:08 pm

    the fact that ANYBODY made it beyond 25 years old in those days is wild.

  43. @Tom-sj3vn

    March 11, 2024 at 4:11 am

    Please just speak normal and say A.D.

  44. @jeanetteoglesby6428

    March 15, 2024 at 3:09 am

    Absolutely love the music and narration. Made it more interesting and not speed reading ❤❤

  45. @user-kl9qn2iu1x

    March 15, 2024 at 6:20 am

    These comments are crazy… Yes Europeans wasjust nasty😂😂😂😂

  46. @hewwokitty4497

    March 16, 2024 at 7:57 am

    bruh u just described modern day india

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