Meet Henry, he is a sharp and quick-witted rich young adult from the High Medieval Ages(1000-1347). He can be described as someone with decent adaptability skills, though not much
He found a time-machine that another time traveler accidentally left behind. He inadvertently starts the machine and time-travels to this year in an advanced city like Singapore, Tokyo or London. The time machine only works once, there is no option of going back. He obviously will not be used to the world that we have now and will be extremely befuddled. Fortunately, you know that he was going to come and you are ready to help him here.
Question: How will he or how long will it take for him to adapt to our current world? Or is it even possible for him to fully adapt and blend in as a modern human like us?
Important thing to note (citation from quora):
The first error would be to assume that medieval Europe was in any way a primitive society. It was not; it was as sophisticated as today’s society in art, philosophy, and literature, and many aspects of modern technology date back to the Middle Ages
The first problem you will face is communicating with him, the English language used in the medieval ages are different from modern English. But lets just say you are already prepared for this and already learned the English that Henry used.
The very first huge difference he will notice is obviously the environment around him, flashing neon lights and colorful skyscrapers everywhere, horseless carts zooming at lighting speed, weird looking humans wearing suits with wires in their ears while staring at a weird brick on their hands
How long would it take to convince him that all these techs are not some sort of black magic sorcery?, If its even possible before he goes crazy
To measure the technology level in the high middle ages, here are some inventions and technologies they used:
- Astrolabes were used
- Invention of the Movable Type system
- Invention of Glasses
- Invention of mechanical clocks
- Invention of Windmills
- Development of a three-field rotation system
- Development of heavy ploughs
- Communication ways:
Messengers were often used in the medieval era. They would travel across the land to communicate the messages of the king or queen to others. Medieval people often used particular clothing, designs, badges or banners to visually communicate information to other people. In many cases, someone wanting to send a letter from one place to another would need to know or find someone who was traveling there anyway.
Oh and one important thing: he also needs to learn our modern language and learn to communicate with today's people, fortunately he is a smart guy so teaching him a new language shouldn't take too long
Lets take a look at some other factors:
Our clothings will be considered very unvirtuous by Henry, you will also have to help him use and learn the clothings we use today.
The food types that he ate aren't so different from the food we eat now(cereals, rice, meat, etc). We have colored drinks and packaged instant foods which medieval ages don't have but adapting to these food types wont be a big problem. The eating etiquette for rich medievals are different from ours but i also don't think it will be that big of a problem.
Okay after some time, you finally managed to teach him the logic behind these new technologies and how they work. Here comes another problem. Adjusting to our social life will be a huge problem for Henry.
In his era, the rich and noblemen are very privileged,
Now feudalism does not exist anymore, he is no longer rich here and has to try living as a normal modern human and follow our society rules here. This will be a drastic change for him.
Some other things we need to teach him: Witches do not exist here, we have doctors and scientists instead. We have a cure for common diseases now, a fever will not kill you. All genders have equal rights. Beating and abusing children randomly is not allowed. We don't really have arranged marriages anymore. And loads more...
Another thing i forgot to mention: he will lose all his family members, love partner, kids(if he had any), friends and everybody he knows which will cause severe depression and will require a ton of psychological treatments. Better act fast before he gets eaten up with suicidal thoughts :/