I’ve been experimenting with some of the recipes in the Trotula, a manuscript on women’s medicine that originates from the 12th century, but was copied and used the following centuries. It contains recipes for beauty, hygiene and health. My favorite is recipe #248: “When she combs her hair, let her have this … More 12th-Century Hair Cleanser from Salerno
THL Elska á Fjárfelli has put together some WONDERFUL research on period soapmaking. Read her entire blog post here. Below I’ve pasted some of the basic information from her blog post that pertains to pre 17th-century Italian Peninsula. What is Soap? First things first. To undertake soap making one should be familiar with what soap … More 16th Century Soap Recipes
In living history, we tend to choose, recreate, and portray the highlights of life in the past. Here is just some food for thought about how it really would have been to live there for women who couldn’t just pick and choose which experience they wanted to have. Written by Alexandra Korey Anytime any of … More Being a Woman in Renaissance Italy
My request to attend Terra del Sole has been approved! I wanted to write about my preparation for this event and share all my research into the quattrocento with you. I am attempting to write in both English and Italian so I can share this with the group that is hosting me, La Sparvieri. Let … More Terra del Sole 1387AD – Preparation!
The Italian writer Bartolomeo Sacchi, better known as Platina, composed On Right Pleasure and Good Health (De honesta voluptate et valetudine) in the 1460s, apparently for his friends. It is mostly a cookbook, offering insights into healthy eating and other best practices for taking care of oneself. Early on his work he even provides … More Platina on Italian Renaissance Househunting
“THE ALCHEMIST’S DESIRE”: RECIPES FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY FROM CATERINA SFORZA 03/03/2015 By Meredith K. Ray In this blog post, I’m presenting material from my forthcoming book Daughters of Alchemy: Women and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015). The material in this post is drawn from Chapter One, “Caterina Sforza’s Experiments with Alchemy,” and Chapter Three, … More Caterina Sforza – The Alchemist
Just remember that most of what the Tudors were in the habit of doing as far as hygiene was being done in Italy a century or more before 🙂 Reposted from http://onthetudortrail.com/Blog/resources/life-in-tudor-england/tudor-hygiene-part-1-bathing/ Tudor Hygiene Part 1- Bathing “One of the misconceptions of popular history is that concern for hygiene and sanitation is a recent – and … More Tudor Bathing – An Italian Renaissance Application
Galen of Pergamon (Aelius Galenus, Claudius Galenus, or Anglicized at Galen), a Roman physician and philosopher in 2nd century C.E., pulled from the earlier medical knowledge of Hippocrates, traveled the Mediterranean studying and practicing medicine, and wrote medical treatises that remain among the top references for classical medicine. Galen set the stage for a system … More Galenus Cold Cream or Greco-Roman Ceratum Galeni