The Early Modern Commons

Anita Guerrini

Recent Posts

The Possibility of Giants

16 March 2019

Various large bones, discovered across Europe from around 1500 onward, raised the possibility among Renaissance naturalists and intellectuals that very large humans – some five...

The Nun with Blue Teeth

22 January 2019

I’m always looking for skeleton stories.  But it’s not often that I come across an article in the scientific literature that includes references to the ancient Greek...

Translation as a Way of Life

10 January 2019

Enter a captionMy essay on my experiences with translating has just appeared, open access, in Isis, the journal of the History of Science Society.

The Skeleton Trade

17 November 2018

Although the human skeleton was well known as a symbol of mortality before 1500, the articulated skeleton does not seem to have come into its own as an object –scientific and...