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Jan. 16th, 2012 | 12:32 am



I have been obsessing over Medieval history in the past while. It only seemed natural to come back to the world of our old friends. I like the idea of recurring characters in this strip, and that's why you're seeing more of it! Though we might take them from 15th century to 14th century. The 14th century is just so.. gloriously Medieval.

I like a good old mix of funny history with a lil' anachronism thrown in the mix. For allergies, I'll be honest: I have no idea what people thought then. And I've been looking at medical Medieval image catalogues like nobody's business. I should really make a tumblr or something to record research travels on the internet, because I just want to share everything with you! There is so much great stuff out there! We'll see. But anyway, back on track re: allergies-

I once read that it's possible Jean Paul Marat suffered from a gluten intolerance which led to him being confined to his bath, which led to him being murdered, which led to him being painted Pieta-style with a bathtub instead of the Virgin Mary. Can you imagine, an old timey French dude just chowing down baguettes every day and wondering what the heck was the matter while all the doctors bang their heads on the wall? C'est tragique. But in a funny way.

Weren't we talking about Middle Ages stuff? Well, read all about it in my new book, How to write jokes about topics that are unrelated.

And for heaven's sake, watch Terry Jones' Medieval Lives and do it now- you won't find a more charming, intelligent host anywhere. Terry, if you're reading this (you're not, but just in case you are), you're the best.

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aylaelphaba

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from: aylaelphaba
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 05:45 am (UTC)
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"I know not who you are, or how I have found you, but may I just say…"

FIRST!!!!

Sorry, couldn't resist. ^^;;

Aww, peasant dude spoiled the puppet show for me! I never would've seen that mallet-up-the-arse twist coming!

Also, said peasant dude's expression in panel 2 of "Whatever works" = WIN!

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from: A Carter
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 06:10 am (UTC)
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My initial suspicion—and I say this only as a casual student of medieval history, so I wouldn't really know either—is that allergies would've been perceived as devilish trickery of some sort, not unlike the witchcraft element suggested here. Then again, maybe they just thought people got all big and puffy for no reason every once in a while. DAMN GIRL GOT DEM ILL HUMOURS UP IN HERE AGAIN

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Matt McIrvin

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from: mmcirvin
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
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Before I saw the title of that strip, I assumed the shellfish had just gone off, and the last panel was an exaggerated depiction of being just about to spew.

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Rose Fox

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from: rosefox
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 06:39 am (UTC)
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io9 just did a piece on allergies in history, actually. Going by their theories, your peasants would have been too dirty to be allergic to anything.

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meep

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from: meep
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
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I was going to mention this.

if you survived infancy/childhood, you probably had a hell of a constitution & immune system.

And lots of parasites.

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jody_macgregor

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from: jody_macgregor
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 07:32 am (UTC)
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I love Medieval Lives too. The one about monks was amazing; there is so much stuff I did not know about those cheeky monks. They invented sign language so they could talk about dinner even though they'd taken vows of silence! That's just cheating, really.

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from: teacup_carousel
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 08:54 am (UTC)
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Cheating ... or winning by default?

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♥Rae Michelle

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from: fruitlolita
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 09:26 am (UTC)
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I would follow that tumblr! :D

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Jac Ting Lim

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from: jactinglim
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
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They're all fun to read (even when I don't get all of them)

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Lizy Townshend

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from: eriathwen_bob
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 10:23 am (UTC)
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I love our Med school explanation of why allergies are really a modern problem. Here goes.

Allergies are caused by some pretty big white blood cells called granulocytes (eosinophils and basophils). These are so called because they are filled with granules of horrible digestive enzymes and acid, and chemicals which summon other white blood cells. When they are stimulated by an 'antigen' - AKA something that the body recognises as A BAD THING GUYS - they barf up all of their granules, essentially irritating all the tissue around them.

When is that ever going to get useful? Why on earth have these barfy bastards going around ruining everything for everyone? Weeeeeell, what if 'all the tissue around them' doesn't belong to the body, it belongs to... parasitic worms! Yay! Party at their house, and they can pay for the cleaners.

Of course, while basically everyone had worms once upon a time, now most people avoid them. Problem. Granulocytes have nothing useful to do.

So, loneley eosinophil is floating along, picks up a piece of peanut and says "you know what, I'm calling this an antigen." And then it barfs up its granules of mass destruction, and we have ourselves an allergy.

(Caution, post above is only a rough approximation of medicine. I understand the real words and will one day make a not-too-crazy doctor, honest.)

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Kenneth Moyle

Accent?

from: Kenneth Moyle
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
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Is it just me, or does buddy with the toque have a bit of a Newfie accent? Or at least New Brunswick.


Edited at 2012-01-16 12:39 pm (UTC)

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Hark!  A Vagrant

Re: Accent?

from: beatonna
date: Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
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I think I often revert to that because it's familiar to me, so, maybe!

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Grace Liu

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from: Grace Liu
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
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Could someone explain the last panel to me?

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Djinn the Spazz

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from: djinnthespazz
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 04:07 pm (UTC)
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Er. Maybe? Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition?

I think ....

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squishy is the new shiny!

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from: teithiwr
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 02:57 pm (UTC)
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Medieval is my favourite period! (Well, I'm researching it too, so it better be. :D) Love this stuff.

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ahueonao

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from: ahueonao
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
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i remember when i was younger i was like "what! why did these people just sit down and take it, that's dumb". then i realized they were up in arms like, all the time! it just didn't work out because, well. pointy stuff. also it's dumb to judge people of a different era by modern standards, but i'm pretty dumb so i do it all the time!!

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Nick

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from: captrenault
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
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I will never tire of 'DURP DURP'.

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Djinn the Spazz

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from: djinnthespazz
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
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" I should really make a tumblr or something to record research travels on the internet,"

This would be extremely cool to visit.

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Austin Coté Williams

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from: sporks5000
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
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I am going to imagine that the girl speaks only in an infernal tongue with a deep resonating manvoice - that's why she's so reluctant to speak.

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step by step is the only way to get anywhere

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from: philliebird
date: Jan. 22nd, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC)
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i also noticed the lack of verbal response from our medieval female . . . what's the deal with that, kate?

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The Cake Maker of Kiev (could kick your ass)

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from: ladyvyola
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh, water! I wish I knew how to quit you. (But instead I am a drunken H2O ho.)

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ekkii gevebs

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from: childings
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
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My favorite one is the "don't you know you're only supposed to drink beer" one. Though IIRC it would be more like "eating" beer in the early medieval era since it was more like a soup consistency way back when

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Woodiness T. Scatological

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from: mr_sadhead
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
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The water one made me think of "Moribund The Burgomeister" by Peter Gabriel for some reason. Crap in the water? or ergots in the rye?

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Kevin Phillips Bonnnnng (SS-TX)

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from: gallo_de_pelea
date: Jan. 17th, 2012 04:21 pm (UTC)
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:thumbs-up:

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le_trombone

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from: le_trombone
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Terry Jones's Medieval Lives is also a book now, for anyone interested.

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Not-So-Secret Librarian

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from: elzebrook
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 11:17 pm (UTC)
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Terry Jones show? There goes the rest of my day! Hurrah!

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Snickies

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from: pigsnicket
date: Jan. 16th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
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As a certified medievalist, this set of comics MADE MY MONTH.

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Hark!  A Vagrant

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from: beatonna
date: Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:01 pm (UTC)
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excellentttt

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deadmanjones

Durp Durp

from: deadmanjones
date: Jan. 17th, 2012 12:26 am (UTC)
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I'm sorry. Thanks for the continuing research, meticulous detail, witty dialogue etc. etc..

But Durp Durp.

Nothing should follow Durp Durp. Durp Durp wins.

One day they will write critiques to Durp Durp.

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Antaeus Feldspar

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from: afeldspar
date: Jan. 17th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
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The "hygiene hypothesis," that allergies pretty much only come from an immune system designed to fight off parasites not getting enough parasites to keep it busy, and thus allergies wouldn't have bothered our medieval ancestors, is very popular, although it still remains a hypothesis, not proven.

However, Barbara Hambly's historical mystery novel "Days of the Dead" suggests an interesting alternate possibility -- **PARTIAL SPOILERS** -- that allergies were known as far back as the first century physician Galen, and were what he referred to as "morbid sensitivity". I'm not sure what status the hypothesis has outside Hambly's fiction, but since she has a Ph.D in history I'm generally inclined to think it's at least a plausible hypothesis.

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森山亜仁

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from: rakugo_report
date: Jan. 17th, 2012 12:52 am (UTC)
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you should make that tumblr! it sounds awesome. i would definitely follow it. :3

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chrisherself

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from: chrisherself
date: Jan. 17th, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
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Have you read Catherine, Called Birdy?

It's a young adult book, so you could probably read it in an hour. But the entire text reads like one of your comics, I think you would immensely enjoy it for some wonderful medieval peasant comedy. It seems right up your alley and is a very quick read. :) Not to mention belly-laugh hilarious!

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Kaisha

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from: ripxvanxwinkle
date: Jan. 17th, 2012 06:39 am (UTC)
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I read that last week! My boyfriend's little sister had it laying about and as a Medievalist I couldn't just let it pass by without reading it, lol. It was quite good and definitely hilarious at parts!

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Kaisha

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from: ripxvanxwinkle
date: Jan. 17th, 2012 06:40 am (UTC)
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As a Medieval studies student, I approve!

I would also most certainly follow and read the crap out of that potential tumblr.

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