In Norse (Viking) society women had a good deal of freedom. It was considered very shameful for a man to hurt a woman. www.localhistories.org/vikinglife
Saturday, 14 September 2013
Friday, 13 September 2013
Friday, 2 August 2013
I wrote a brief history of bras. In Ancient Greece and Rome women wore a band of cloth over their breasts but in the Middle Ages and Renaissance women did not usually wear anything. The modern bra was invented in 1913 by Mary Phelps Jacob. www.localhistories.org/womenund
Thursday, 18 July 2013
The Incas lived in the highlands and lowlands of what is now Peru. In the lowlands the staple food was maize. In the highlands the main food was potatoes. Incas also ate peppers, tomatoes and avocadoes. They also ate peanuts and a grain called quinoa.
Llamas and alpacas were kept for wool and for carrying loads but they sometimes provided meat. Incas also ate guinea pigs. They also fished and ate birds. However for most Incas meat was a luxury.
Incas drank a fermented drink called chicha. Ordinary Incas drank from bowls carved from gourds. Rich Incas drank from pottery vessels or even ones made from gold or silver.
Poor people ate food off dishes placed on the ground. Inca nobles ate off a cloth on the ground. There were no tables. www.localhistories.org/food
Friday, 28 June 2013
Sunday, 28 April 2013
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
On 13 March 1781 the astronomer William Herschel announced the discovery of a new planet. Since ancient times only 5 other planets were known, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Herschel wanted to name the new planet Georgium Sidus after the British king George III. Not surprisingly his proposal did not get much support in other countries! The new planet was named Uranus after an ancient Greek god of the sky. www.localhistories.org/herschel