Being left-handed in The Middle Ages

dniVC Being left handed in The Middle Ages

they’d have tarred and feathered me.



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9 Responses to Being left-handed in The Middle Ages

  1. *sniff* Story of my life. We really are a persecuted race.

  2. I guess this is why they named the left hand “sinister”.

  3. True story: All the men in my family are leftys. I went to a Catholic school in the 70’s, and the “torture penguins” didn’t bother to ask what hand I was when they taught us to write. “Take your pencil in your right hand” is what they said. I did it out of fear because in kindergarten, Sister Costello (real name) told me to behave or she would CRUCIFY me ( I was 6 ). To this day, when anyone looks at my cursive writing, everyone says, “you write like your left handed”, and I tell them this story. The school, Our Lady of the Burning Skull, commonly known as Our Lady of Lourdes is closed now. Hurray.

  4. when i was learning to write, i had difficulty deciding which hand to write with. i probably would have chosen my left hand, but i had a teacher that used to stand behind me and hit my hand with a ruler when i wrote with my left hand… and this was in a public school…

    later on in life, i learned to work on a wood-lathe, and i confused the instructor who wanted me to hold the tools backwards (i.e. “right handed”) and i couldn’t do it. somewhat later i learned to juggle, and became quite good…

    and then i had a brain injury that affected my right hand, and almost immediately i switched to using my left hand for just about everything that my right hand had done prior to my injury… when i was still in the hospital, they had me working on a computer, and i switched the mouse so that i could use it with my left hand the first time i sat down in front of the computer. it was as though i had been right handed, and then, suddenly, decided to be left handed. i can write equally well with either hand (i.e. not very legibly, which is why i thank god for the keyboard), both forwards and backwards.

    it’s really confusing… 😐

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