Explore Medieval Life, Medieval Art and more!

Explore related topics

The idea behind diluting wine is a good example of how humoural theory worked in practice. Water is cooling, and therefore bad for digestion. Wine was heating, and helped digestion along. But it could be too hot. Mix wine and water together, and you had a balanced drink. Conveniently, wine’s antiseptic properties probably made the water safer.  I never managed to drink quite the volume of wine that medieval people are reputed to, but I’m now convinced that most people were not…

The idea behind diluting wine is a good example of how humoural theory worked in practice. Water is cooling, and therefore bad for digestion. Wine was heating, and helped digestion along. But it could be too hot. Mix wine and water together, and you had a balanced drink. Conveniently, wine’s antiseptic properties probably made the water safer. I never managed to drink quite the volume of wine that medieval people are reputed to, but I’m now convinced that most people were not…

In the fight between King Pedro of Castile ('The Cruel') and his half-brother, Enrique, Pedro was killed, beheaded, and his body left outside the tent for the next few days where it would be further abused.  Enrique II became king of Castile and later married the daughter of the Aragonese king Pere III, a union which would eventually lead to the unification of Aragon and Castile into Spain in the 15th century.

In the fight between King Pedro of Castile ('The Cruel') and his half-brother, Enrique, Pedro was killed, beheaded, and his body left outside the tent for the next few days where it would be further abused. Enrique II became king of Castile and later married the daughter of the Aragonese king Pere III, a union which would eventually lead to the unification of Aragon and Castile into Spain in the 15th century.

A plain dyer. Source: Woodcut by Jost Amman (1539-1591).

A plain dyer. Source: Woodcut by Jost Amman (1539-1591).

Royal 10 E IV: Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Southern France, last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century. f. 141v: dyer approaches woman with water pot (according to the British Library)

Royal 10 E IV: Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Southern France, last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century. f. 141v: dyer approaches woman with water pot (according to the British Library)

Cooking The Books – Google+

Cooking The Books – Google+

Royal 10 E IV: Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Southern France, last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century. f. 142

Royal 10 E IV: Decretals of Gregory IX with glossa ordinaria (the 'Smithfield Decretals'). Southern France, last quarter of the 13th century or 1st quarter of the 14th century. f. 142

d7b4d72cdd3d99450618837fec962eed.jpg (222×262)

d7b4d72cdd3d99450618837fec962eed.jpg (222×262)

Cooks and Cooking.- from The Tacuinum Sanitas , Late 14th century.  1415  (TAG: LINK=>BLOG PAGE LABELED "MEDIEVAL TRADES AND CRAFTS" W/MANY MORE IMAGES; PUBLIC DOMAIN)

Cooks and Cooking.- from The Tacuinum Sanitas , Late 14th century. 1415 (TAG: LINK=>BLOG PAGE LABELED "MEDIEVAL TRADES AND CRAFTS" W/MANY MORE IMAGES; PUBLIC DOMAIN)

Monkey at roasting Spit--man with Mortar and Pestle. Netherlands 14th cent. margin detail. Stowe 17. Brit Lib.

Monkey at roasting Spit--man with Mortar and Pestle. Netherlands 14th cent. margin detail. Stowe 17. Brit Lib.

Washington Haggadah - Medieval Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, created in the 15th century by scribe and artist Joel ben Simeon.

Washington Haggadah - Medieval Hebrew illuminated manuscripts, created in the 15th century by scribe and artist Joel ben Simeon.

Pinterest
Search