TIL that Geoffrey de Charny, a French knight, veteran of the Hundred Years War, writer of Book of Chivalry, dedicated parts of his book to preventing psychological trauma from warfare, and cautioned his comrades that “when they would be secure from danger, they will be beset by great terrors”.


That’s got me thinking: how was PTSD viewed, and (slightly positive thinking here) how was it treated in the Middle Ages?

Because a Medieval melee would have been hellish.

Norman knights after battle would spend months afterwards in cleansing rituals if they had taken a life.