Maids Of Honour – Old English Tudor Cheesecakes Recipe – Food.com
From the source: “These are the forerunner of modern baked cheesecakes, and this recipe originates from one of the first documented versions of this recipe. Curd cheese was very popular as an ingredient for desserts many hundreds of years ago, and these delightful little tarts have a Royal lineage; the story is that whilst Henry VIII was strolling in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace, he came across a group of ladies in waiting (to his queen, Catherine of Aragon), one of whom was Anne Boleyn – whom subsequently became his second wife; they offered him some of these tarts and he enjoyed them so much, that he named them after the Maids of Honour. I always make these for afternoon tea – they are delightfully light and fragranced with delicate orange flower water or rose water. Use any dried fruits that you have available – I find a mixture of seedless raisins and chopped candied peel works very well.”
An Exorcism in Elizabethan London | History Today
Jessie Childs recounts the chilling story of an exorcism performed in an Elizabethan household in Hackney
Fascinating and chilling article.
“The priests saw and heard what they fervently wanted to see and hear: a terrified girl, susceptible to maladies and mood swings, inhabited by the devil and in desperate need of the miraculous cure that only the Catholic Church could provide. Harsnett, Bancroft and their faction were equally bent on concluding that Sara was a victim of ‘egregious Popish imposture’. If both camps were guilty of exploitation and sensational writing, it might charitably be attributed to artistic licence: reality might have been heightened, but it was still reality, still the truth, in the eyes of its beholders.”
Malleus Maleficarum Index
Continuing on with October-themed goodness, have a translation of The Hammer of Witches (1486), the most infamous book on witch-hunting.
Happy October! 😀
Mummy Brown and Other Historical Colors – Veritable Hokum
Hilarious infographic on the history of pigments for dyeing and painting and other things you use pigments for.
The Medieval Sleeping Beauty
Yeah, I feel super horrible for Zellandine. 🙁
Shining Light on Medieval Illuminations: Pigments through the Ages – Medievalists.net
Identifying the materials used in medieval illuminated manuscripts gives us an insight into the techniques and skills of the scribes and illuminators, as well as the sometimes complex trade routes of the times.
Spectroscopy + Illuminated Manuscripts = Super Fun Science Time!