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How to Remove Wrinkles, 12th century

BL Harley 4425, f. 114rFor treating the wrinkles of old women, take a stinking iris, and extract the juice, and smear the face with that juice in the evening, and in the morning the skin will be raised, and it will crack. We treat the eruption with the...
From: Ask the Past on 1 Jun 2018

17 Forum Recruitment Drive for Living History UK.

This poster does rather infer that Living History UK is all about 20th century warfare, but I think you will find that their interests are across the historical board. Well worth checking them out, especially if you are living in the UK.
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 30 Jan 2017

How to Use Wheat, c. 115

Tacuinum sanitatis casanatense (14th c.)  "Wheat is hot and full of profit. Nothing is lacking in it… But, if anyone sifts out the bran from the flour (which is semolina), and then makes bread from that flour, the bread is weaker and more...
From: Ask the Past on 10 Feb 2016

How to Get a Manicure, c. 115

Tacuinum sanitatis (14th c., Biblioteca Casanatense) One who has very ugly nails should smear them with liquid from the little bladder of the bumblebee and tie it with a band. He should do this until they become beautiful. Hildegard of Bingen,...
From: Ask the Past on 29 Dec 2015

How to Manage Your Anger, c. 115

British Library,Egerton MS 747, f. 83rc. 1280-1310 "One who is inclined to wrath should take rose and less sage and pulverize them. When the wrath is rising in him, he should hold this powder to his nostrils. The sage lessens the wrath, and the rose...
From: Ask the Past on 4 Nov 2015

Fire Steels. Researching Three Types.

Fire Steels. Researching Three Types.I am sure after doing so much research on fire steels, that there is still a lot to learn on my part. I have not even scratched the service on iron & steel properties & whether or not all steels were a combination...
From: A Woodsrunner's Diary on 4 Apr 2015

The REAL Eleanor of Aquitaine

History Today posts this review of Inventing Eleanor: The Medieval and Post-Medieval Image of Eleanor of Aquitaine, by Michael Evans, published by Bloomsbury Academic:Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124- 1204) has stood in the spotlight for eight centuries, but...

How to Slim Down, 12th century

Look like this guy in no time!BL Royal 6 E VI, f. 179"If, however, the woman is fat and seemingly dropsical, let us mix cow dung with very good wine and with such a mixture we afterward anoint her. Then let her enter a steambath up to the neck, which...
From: Ask the Past on 2 Jun 2014

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