1. notleia says:

    Nostalgia seems to be a universal weak point in the human psyche, but it’s probably worth parsing through what worked back in the good ol’ days, what didn’t work, and what is purely rose-colored bullhonk.

    Like marriage in the medieval period was about property and alliances, not about personal feelings. One family forked over a young, fertile female member as a broodmare for another family in exchange for whatever perks were agreed upon. Courtly love was about feeling jealous over an already-married woman: https://going-medieval.com/2018/01/15/on-courtly-love-sexual-coercion-and-killing-your-idols/ or https://going-medieval.com/2020/12/16/on-treating-sex-with-the-utmost-reverence/.

    But on the other hand, peasants in the medieval period, while property of their fief-lord, did not have to work constant 40-hour work weeks with only Christmas and maybe Thanksgiving guaranteed off, with only a piddly half-hour for lunch. Christmas lasted TWELVE WHOLE FRICKIN DAYS and I guarantee you they did not have any people throwing tantrums about not being able to return gifts for cash without receipts.

What say you?