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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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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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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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Murdrjan Wyblethorne

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from: Murdrjan Wyblethorne
date: Jan. 17th, 2012 08:43 am (UTC)
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Well, supposedly Marat got pretty sick after having to flee through the very XVIIIth century-ish sewer of Paris on the 17 July of 1791. Since the oh-so-stupid king Louis XVI decided it was best to run for his forsaken life into his foreign fellows, well he definitely lost all his credential for running the country insofar as, you know, trying to unite with the one threatening the people you're supposed to protect isn't really a good way to catch the people's support.

Anyway some kind of charming extremists (but I mean it, they *were* charming with all their nonsensically fluttering wigs) decided it was time to sign a bunch of paper on which it was said the king was a bloody coward and thus not worthy of being a king. Apparently signing papers was kind of a big deal, but hey, who are we to judge? Whatever. The paper-guys went on a pretty place called the Champ-de-Mars, a the feet of the Eiffel Tower which wasn't really built at that time. They decided that damn! more people should sign this thing, and then maybe a head or two should be put on pikes for celebration. Boy did they party hard.

That was well and all but not everyone was ready not to have a king, since France had been having kings on top of the throne for a millenium or such. So Lafayette came upon the crowd and spat out something about the crowd scattering. It didn't quite work out. At one point he decided that shooting on the crowd was a good idea (what could go wrong I wonder ?), which he did, and then shit got real and everyone did scatter all over Paris, having heard that hey, soldiers were shooting on people to defend the king all over again.

Marat was amongst the infuriated-but-fleeing crowd, and since he had been saying on his newspaper how coward the king was and how republic wasn't a bad idea after all, he wisely suggested himself that running far far away sure was a good idea. What wasn't a good idea, was to take the sewers for a safe walkthrough, the sewers being all gross and stuff. He then got sick, and had to take a bath for the rest of his life (well, not really, but bathing eased the constant itching due to the skin issue he just got), were the very bitchy Charlotte C. came one day by to go knively all over his body.

Anyway I just wanted to say that as far as I know, there's less gluten and more poo involved in the story of "how I met my own death in a stupid bathtube" by Marat. By the way, pardon my mistakes, I'm French and probably bad in English.

A good day to you, and praise the supreme being, we're happy on this side (the good one) of the Atlantic that you keep being funny and stuff. Really, it's heartwarming to read you. Cheers!

P.S. : seriously, why can't we anonymously comment?

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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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ah- because I got too much spam with anonymous comments!

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Duncan

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from: dunco
date: Jan. 17th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
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Reoccurring characters! Excellent. :D

I also would just like to throw my hat into the "I would totally read the tumblr of your research endeavors." After hearing you talk about (at the Boston Book Festival last October) the sheer amount of research that went into the one comic about the musicians (the Chopin and Liszt one?) it really made me want to actually see more of the process. I'm a super history nerd, haha.

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4EyedBlonde

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from: 4eyedblonde
date: Jan. 17th, 2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
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YES THE JESTER!
He is my favorite of your medieval characters!

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Kal-El Bogdanove

I can recommend a great tool for that!

from: Kal-El Bogdanove
date: Jan. 18th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
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Hello Kate!

I am a giant fan of your strip! I am a writer myself and I can recommend a smashing tool for recording stray bits of internet research!

Check out Evernote. It will clip damn near anything on the web, and store it for you in little organized e-notebooks that you can look at from anywhere, and share with your cohorts. I have found it mega-useful!

Anyway, thanks for all the great work! A print of poor ol' crazy-eyed Macbeth was my Red Rider BB Gun this Christmas. Might I suggest a t-shirt?

All the best,
Kal-El Bogdanove

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sarakd_04

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from: sarakd_04
date: Jan. 20th, 2012 10:40 pm (UTC)
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As a fellow history nerd and research nut, I would also very much love to see a Tumblr from you on your research travels.

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