LightBrigade wrote:Obviously you did not notice "when an artery is severed...". In the shark case, basic anatomy may be necessary if one really needs to know. i.e. femoral artery.
Please, never ever
make assumptions about what I do or don't see, or what I do or don't know. Yes, I did
see the bit about arteries. And, yes, it is
a valid point regarding shark attacks. Of course, it can also
be a valid point when you are talking about sword cuts down to the bone.
Swords could cut right down to the bone, and even take limbs right off! There are plenty of skeletons recovered from medieval battlefields that show this to be the case. Of course, if Roderick had suffered from wounds like that, I would think he would have bled out long before he got to the king's encampment.
LightBrigade wrote:Lacking experience yet speaking based only on books one has read, is a common mistake. I made that mistake myself when I was very young *blushed s*
By the way, don't ever
make assumptions about a person's knowledge or experience without knowing something about that person first
. Prior to this recent attempt of mine to become a published writer, I spent many
years working in biology and health labs as a laboratory technician. Before that, I graduated summa *beep* laude
honours, for those that don't know that) with a degree in biology. Yes, I know a little bit about arteries, and how the blood is pumped vigourously through them. They are thick walled and muscular, actively pumping the blood, unlike the thin-walled veins, which have valves to stop the blood from flowing backward. A severed artery does indeed bleed furiously, and is a dangerous thing.
As for book knowledge, that is the best
way for me to gain information and details about medieval history and arms and armour. When I say I have a house full of books, I mean just that. I don't just have a handful of books on medieval history and warfare, I literally have hundreds
of books on these subjects. Many of these volumes are by supposed experts in the field. They are not just "popular history" volumes; some are rather academic. I haven't just read some of these books, I've actually studied them, and have referred back to them repeatedly.
However, I have tried to have some "hands-on" experience, at least as much as I can in my current situation. I have experimented with reconstructing some armour, mostly leather, but I did make a metal coat-of-plates, and brigandine-style cuisses. I even bought some do-it-yourself rivetted mail links to experiment with making more authentic mail armour. I also own several replica medieval swords, perhaps the lowest end of truly "usable", but they have given me a greater respect for the handling characteristics of these weapons. They weren't heavy and ponderous; rather, they were well balanced and weighted for the job they performed.
I am not sure if you were trying to imply that I am "young": don't! I may just recently have had success with my poetry submissions, but I have done many
other things with my life. However, I am also a firm believer in reading as much as you can about a subject that interests you, and especially one that has to do with what you may be writing. My previous writing endeavour, prior to my recent poetry, was a fantasy novel with elements from real medieval history and warfare. I also wrote a few articles for an on-line resource for historic arms and armour collectors, one of which was already posted. (They changed their publishing schedule, and drastically reduced the frequency of updates, so I don't know if my other articles will ever see the light of day.)
I hope that this gives you a little better insight into who I am, and from where I speak. As for "the salt bit", I have personally
never heard that before (medieval physicians would often cauterize blood vessels with a red-hot iron), but I am admittedly a land-lubber. Yes, perhaps someone who makes their living from the sea would know the answer to my original question. Remember, I was just asking if that was true, I wasn't stating that it was false! Keep in mind, too, we are talking about medieval
knowledge here, not modern
knowledge. Even if such a thing were
true, would it necessarily be known to a medieval friar, when cauterizing with a red-hot iron was standard medieval European procedure for treating severed arteries? (And, yes, I got this bit out of one of my books.)
I'm sorry if I came off as being a bit intense, it's my nature. I just wanted you to know some things about me.
P.S. Hey, it bleeped out my Latin! It's not "rude", it's Latin for "with", I believe, as in "with highest distinction".
"I'm going to do what the warriors of old did. I'm going to recite poetry!" Andrew of Armar.