The Early Modern Commons

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When the sun is wholly set all beasts are in the shade

22 May 2018

In the nonsensical court case between the lords Baisecul and Humevesne (Kissebreech and Suckfist), in Rabelais’s Pantagruel (1532) the latter makes the following statement in...

Playing on nature’s flute and the mute bagpipe

29 March 2017

Implausibly devoted readers of this blog may remember that the early seventeenth-century French comedian known as Bruscambille has a speech on castrati (controversial figures, believed...

Drive the peg in

25 January 2017

In his speech in praise of a nymph’s tits (‘En faveur des tetins d’une nymphe’), the early seventeenth-century French comedian known as Bruscambille describes...

The big genital thumb without a nail

18 January 2017

In his speech in praise of the number three, the four-hundred year-old French comedian known as Bruscambille notes: doesn’t a man have seven times three fingers, i.e. ten on the...