Travels and Travails has had the enjoyable task of reviewing the past month’s best history blogs for the History Carnival.
January has been a month of coughs and sneezes, so it’s heartening to realise it’s not been nearly as bad as some of the worst flu outbreaks in world history, outlined in fascinating detail at The History Tavern. On a less dramatic scale, @historybeagle looks at the contents of treatments for colds in the eighteenth century on Sloane Letters.
It’s also been a month of tricky economic news in many areas, but it’s mainly commercial business failures that have been hitting the media. A post on the VAHS blog by @CClements29 on charity closures gives some of the historical background in the voluntary sector, and @katebradleykent discusses ways of teaching the history of voluntary action.
Recreations of historical recipes are always interesting (at least to me!) and one for Placenta Perfecta caught my eye at Pass the Garum, a blog on Roman cuisine. No, it’s not what you think, but a mouthwatering combination of filo, ricotta and honey (although the first attempt at the original recipe ended up in the bin!).
For those more concerned with medical recipes (and as you know, I declare an interest here), @DrAlun considers how we should think about what are conventionally called ‘folklore’ remedies. If you’re old enough to remember The Scaffold singing ‘Lily the Pink’ (apologies for the ear-worm), there’s a round-up of cure-alls on Wonders and Marvels.
Continuing the medical theme, @jaivirdi begins a detailed examination of a nineteenth-century inquest into the shocking death of an 18-year-old at From the Hands of Quacks.
Managing servants is something few of us have to deal with these days, but it was a constant preoccupation until a century or so ago. @MrsStarch provides insights from a primary source into the difficulties and sometimes surprising considerations involved.
Deb Wiles takes us on a tour through the precarious life of Kensington Gardens at Got Soil?, and Michael D. Hattem at The Junto adopts a left-field perspective on developing your historical imagination through American Revolution, a historically realistic video game. Closer to home, rather more imagination might be required to explain the surprising sight of a swastika flying over Cardiff City Hall in 1938, discussed at Babylon Wales.
The virtual and actual travels of Froger’s adorable capybara (you have to see those eyelashes!) are described in an entertaining post by Benjamin Breen at The Appendix.
Finally, for those who like to browse, a fabulous collection of links in digital humanities from the AHA and MLA annual meeting roundup at Digital Humanities Now.