if a knight in the middle ages got arthritis in a finger joint or anywhere in his hand, could he still perform as a knight?
i'm a medieval/history enthusiast from england and i just wondered about a situation all the way back in the middle ages where if a knight got arthritis in a finger, knuckle or anywhere in his hand, could he still be a knight and do things like wield a sword, axe or dagger? or would the osteoarthritis finish those abilities off?
- Mr. PLv 710 months agoFavorite Answer
There are old knights and bold knights - but no old bold knights.
Most didn't live long enough to suffer from arthritis, but many would carry problems from previous battles. Heavy armour is a ***** when you get knocked off your horse, so broken ribs and bones would be more common to survive with than sword wounds.- And arrows could cause problems even if they didn't kill you.
- Sunday CroneLv 710 months ago
IT would depend on the severity of the Arthritis, however, I would assume that most knights would be assigned duties that they could perform. They did other things besides wield swords, axes, and daggers.
- Pearl LLv 710 months ago
it probably depends on the person since everyone is different
- curmudgeon55Lv 710 months ago
gout and other medical problems known in middle ages, some slowed down knights lasted by being smart, other died. Literature of the time, reports from Crusades had lists of injured, not fit for combat and the elder knights about 30 to 50 years old had various problems. some of documents, letters and copies in British Museums, some in France., Germany and some in Istanbul archives Arthritis and trauma induced crippling of hands, some feet, knees noted for some of troops and knight officers, light duties for some, others regular action. death rate in hospital wasn't good- 75% death from some belly wounds common, amputations 30% for spear, sword slash infections. Medical knowledge and practice of Roman legion times went down after collapse of Roman Empire, Spain in 1500s declined as well after expulsion of Moors and Jews , but some of reports indicated cause of death implications of bacterial infection, gangreen that had previously been treated by Jews and Moors with soured wine of old Roman medics- washing to disinfect replaced by prayer didn't work as good as Pagan witches brews, muslim treatments with Jewish practice of bandages, wine wash. Arthritis treatment with warmed wool , willow bark teas and bit of poppy juice elixer. you want to get fancy with sword and have some pains? try different hold, wrist wraps and consider 2 handed battle axe/halberd instead of rapier. .
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- JayLv 610 months ago
Knights were the lowest class of nobility so, assuming they survived the constant warfare, they would have lived to be 35 to 41 years of age.
...this means they would be very busy dying right about the time arthritis started to set in.
So...no...probably could not perform duties of a knight