Carnivalesque #82: Early Modern Edition



Welcome one and all to Carnivalesque #82. Below you will find a great selection of early modern blogging over the past few months.

Death and Disease

As historian of journalism, I could not help but start of this month’s Carnivalesque with a piece by the Early Modern News Network‘s blog, which discusses the political and popular reactions to the Execution of William Laud(Charles I’s Archbishop of Canterbury) during the English Civil War. Of particularly note is what Laud has been up to since the Restoration.

Continuing our look at the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, we find Shakespeare’s England has come across a pair of excellent etchings of seventeenth century halls of justice, a court session at Parliament and and the Execution of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland at Tower Hill. For more on the day-to-day use of Westminster’s public edifices, have a gander over at Mercurius Politicus.

Over at Executed Today, we find the account of another condemned soul in the tale of the robber Aris Kindt, or rather, his public medical dissection, immortalised in Rembrandt van Rijn’s The Anatomy Less of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp.

Continuing down the path of death and destruction, The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice provides a gruesome yet informative account of the art of Anthropodermic Bibliopegy, or the binding of texts in human flesh.

For those of a weaker disposition, a less macabre view of sickness and health can be found over at The Shakespeare Blog, which reviews Sujata Iyengar’s recently published dictionary of Shakespeare’s medical language.


Over at dispositio we find another look at the Bard, this time at manuscript annotations in the playbooks of the Folger Shakespeare Library. This five part series examines the style and content of owner marginalia and what it tells modern scholars about the process of reading and revising the texts.

On a similarly literary note, down the road at Anchora you can find discussions of the grammar and syntax of Shakespeare’s quotations and of authorship and the use (or absence) of attribution to the immortal Kit Marlowe.


3 Pipe Problem takes use down a more visual route by examining the von Baden Madonna, recently sold at New York’s Sotheby’s; not only an excellent examination of the piece itself, but an insightful look at the artist himself.

For a slightly less awe-inspiring Madonna and Child, have a quick pop around to Ugly Renaissance Babies, though perhaps not on a full stomach.

Custom and Society

From the visual to the aural, we move on now to the English Historical Fiction Authors blog which examines the concept of early modern gossip and its role in early modern fiction.

Travelling from the senses to the mind, The Renaissance Mathematicus takes its readers through an examination of the last great naked-eye astronomer, Johannes Hevelius, his life and his contributions to modern science.

Finally, we move from high science to practical science and return, albeit in a more abstract sense, to the idea of death and disease. Over at J Walker Words we conclude with a discussion of leather tanning and the use of excrement (namely that of our canine companions) in the crucial stages of the process.

That’s it for #82. Looking forward to seeing you all again at #83, hosted by Got Medieval.

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