Reading medieval literature, you often come across some hysterical matter-of-fact writing that must have worked fine for readers of the time but which make us jaded folks of the one-and-twenty smile. Or laugh hysterically. Take this gem from the thirteenth-century Icelandic Edda by Snorri Sturluson:
King Atli had Hogni’s heart cut out while he was alive. This brought about his death.