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Colin Dickey
Human Trophies The skull is a familiar memento mori, but during the Second World War it also became a controversial souvenir.
The Spoil of Mariners Scurvy was more than an inconvenience to sailors—it was a common, and gruesome, means of death at sea.
A Faithful Hound A thirteenth-century town in France worshiped a greyhound as a saint, but the loyal dog was just one in a line of venerated pets.
The Addicted Life of Thomas De Quincey How Thomas De Quincey turned his debilitating addiction to opium into a revival of the English essay.
A Fire in the Belly Spontaneous combustion via overindulging in spirits cited by temperance advocates; Charles Dickens.
Living in the Margins In medieval marginalia, you might find complaining monks, a nun breastfeeding a monkey, and sexual wordplay. Oh, and doodles, lots of doodles.
The Patron Saint of Dark Days The shortest day of the year can drive anyone a little crazy, including Vincent Van Gogh.
Skyscrapers of the Dead While vertical cemeteries may seem like a radical proposition to relieve urban areas, they were first suggested by nineteenth-century cemetery reformers.
On Bones and Libraries St. Jerome and Jorge Luis Borges had very different ideas of what made the perfect library, one finite and one infinite.
The Cadaver Method Colin Dickey explains how the citizens of nineteenth-century Vienna had access to universal health care, for a price.
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