For the average person, the Middle Ages are one of the most misunderstood and overlooked time periods. They're also called "The Dark Ages," and they have a reputation to match. According to the stereotypes, during the medieval period scientific progress completely stopped, the working class lived in squalor and had no rights, and life was cheap, just to name a few. In addition, there are many things about the medieval era that would otherwise sound completely fictitious - but actually happened.
This attitude about the Middle Ages is mainly thanks to the rise of Humanism in the Renaissance, when revolutions in society and culture led people to glorify the Roman Empire and disdain everything that happened since then. But it's persisted ever since, and movies and TV shows set in medieval times have reinforced it, bringing us to where we are today. Contrary to popular belief, the Middle Ages weren't a time of backward thinking and repression. Here are some of the dumbest things we believe about medieval times, thanks to the movies.