It can't possibly be a surprise that I read tons of history articles each week. I just can't help myself--I've got to share some of the fascinating things I've come across. Here are a few of my recent favorites:
Even in medieval times, people needed entertainment. And court entertainers, fools, jesters, jugglers, minstrels, led a life much different from both their royal “employers” and the run of the mill populace.The Tudor and Elizabethan eras were considered a “Golden Age” of folly and most of the Tudor kings and queens record regular payments and expenses for court fools.
Not sure this is going to replace Netflix anytime soon though.
Ether was an incredible breakthrough. Up until that point, surgery had been brutally painful. The patient, fully awake, would be restrained while the surgeon cut through skin, tissue, muscle, and bone. Surgeons were lauded for their brute strength and quick hands. A capable surgeon could remove a leg in under a minute. But with the discovery of ether, the need for speed in the operating theater had now vanished.
Don't know about you, but I'm really, really glad for this discovery and all that came after!
Hairstyles of the 1860s are some of the most beautiful of the nineteenth century. Hair was arranged in enormous rolls or plaited into intricately woven patterns. Women donned crowns of flowers or bound their hair up into silken nets or velvet hoods. But what it took to get these styles was another thing all together..
How to Dress a Peacock With All Its Feathers, So That When Cooked, It Appears To Be Alive and Spews Fire From Its Beak.
Absolutely what I want to serve next Thanksgiving, or maybe for Christmas...
Those food critics who rated British food poorly over the years after the war wouldn’t have recognized the elaborate fare of a Medieval feast. No lumpy gravy, overcooked roast beef or soggy Yorkshire in sight. More possibilities for our next holiday meals.
Perhaps I need to stop now before my family doesn't know what hit them. 😉 Until next time--have fun with a little history!
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