In my last post I discussed the relationship between the foods we eat at Christmas time and Tudor medical theory. In this post I’ll tell you why Tudor physicians might have been on to something. Humoral ideology was radically different from modern medical beliefs, so much so that in hindsight it appears almost childish or… Read more Good for what ails you?
T’is the Season for yummy yuletide foods! There are tables groaning under the weight of roast turkey or ham, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, roasted potatoes, stuffing and assorted vegetables. Mugs of hot buttered rum or apple cider are clutched and glasses of cold eggnog are passed around. Not to mention the multitudes of desserts. Mince… Read more Tudor Medicine and Gingerbread Houses
You may have heard that there is a new heir to the English throne. Or maybe not. They have been kind of burying the story in the back pages of the media haven’t they? So, just in case you haven’t seen it or heard it anywhere else, let me share the fact that at 4:24… Read more A Star Is Born!
In the wake of yet another politician (Trent Franks, R-AZ) erroneously declaring that pregnancy is rarely the result of a rape, Slate published an article claiming that the belief that women are unlikely to become pregnant from a sexual assault came from Nazi experimentation. Well, yes and then again no. The article is correct in… Read more Embedded and Embodied Ideologies
The Daily Mail has run an article interviewing Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb and I am torn equally between happiness and tears about it. Dr. Lipscomb is a renown historian and the author of several books, including one I found to be extremely valuable during my research, 1536: The Year That Changed Henry VIII. It is an… Read more Please leave Dr. Suzannah Lipscomb’s hair out of it
The one thing that almost all anthropologists are united in is the whole-sale despising of cultural imperialism. Even if you are unfamiliar with the definition I’m sure you’ve run into it. Sometimes it is the blatant mockery of different cultures, but most of the time it is the unspoken subtext in Western opinions about Others.… Read more Mind Not Blown
Doctors and scientists are, like everyone on earth, a product of their culture and upbringing. There is no such thing as “objectivity”. It is a fantasy constructed by the delusion that facts are immutable. Well, absolute facts do exist, but the interpretation of them is always skewed because they are only viewed through the prism… Read more Kell and McLeod can happen together, actually.
The Stolen Crown, by Susan Higginbotham, is a very interesting fictionalized account overlaid on a very accurate timeline of historical events. The main protagonists are Catherine/Katherine Woodville Stafford (Kate) and Henry Stafford (Harry), 2nd Duke of Buckingham. Kate is the youngest sister of Henry IV’s wife Elizabeth Woodville and thus aunt to the Princes in… Read more Book Review: The Stolen Crown
I admit it, I’ve blogged about this before. Now I am going to blog about it again. I can’t help myself. Media distortion of science and/or scholarship doesn’t just drive me bananas … it drives me banana split because the whole thing is topped with nuts. That’s why it is called yellow-journalism; all the bananas.… Read more How NOT to report on science or scholars
Lacey Baldwin Smith (LBS) is one of the “big name” historians, and for good reasons. His research is meticulous and his analysis is often profound. His book on Henry VIII is one of the most cited and significant works on that King. Thus, when he wrote a book about Anne Boleyn I scurried over to… Read more Lacey Baldwin Smith’s book about Anne Boleyn