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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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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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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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