How to make sealing wax...and other fancy stuff, Oh Medieval Cookery: October 2008

How to make sealing wax...and other fancy stuff, Oh Medieval Cookery: October 2008

detail from the birth of mary, Master of the Life of the Virgin, c. 1470, Germany (Alte Pinakothek, München) - under skirt

detail from the birth of mary, Master of the Life of the Virgin, c. 1470, Germany (Alte Pinakothek, München) - under skirt

What we thought we knew is wrong. The Black Death arrived in Britain from central Asia in the autumn of 1348 and by late spring the following year it had killed six out of every 10 people in London. Such a rate of destruction would kill five million now. Researchers extracted plague DNA from 14th century skulls found in east London and evidence suggests a different cause: only an airborne infection could have spread so fast and killed so quickly. A pneumonic rather than a bubonic plague.

Black death skeletons reveal pitiful life of 14th-century Londoners

What we thought we knew is wrong. The Black Death arrived in Britain from central Asia in the autumn of 1348 and by late spring the following year it had killed six out of every 10 people in London. Such a rate of destruction would kill five million now. Researchers extracted plague DNA from 14th century skulls found in east London and evidence suggests a different cause: only an airborne infection could have spread so fast and killed so quickly. A pneumonic rather than a bubonic plague.

This!!  This is what I want under my garb!  Lengberg Castle brassiere, medieval bra dress.

Lengberg Castle brassiere, it works!

This!! This is what I want under my garb! Lengberg Castle brassiere, medieval bra dress.

Speculum Vanitatis, Book of Hours. Italy, ca. 1480.  British Library, Yates Thompson 7, fol. 174

Speculum Vanitatis, Book of Hours. Italy, ca. 1480. British Library, Yates Thompson 7, fol. 174

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