The Rest Is History

Haddock in tasty sauce, a tower of skulls, and listening to Beethoven.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, December 18, 2020

Terracotta fish plate, attributed to the Helgoland Painter, c. 350 bc. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1906.

• Here are eleven medieval recipes, including rose pudding and haddock in tasty sauce. (British Museum Blog)

• Found at the Templo Mayor in Mexico City: a tower of human skulls. (The Guardian)

• “How the Workers of Spain Battled the Spanish Flu.” (The Nation)

• “As master of the royal children’s choir, Giles had the right to forcibly conscript young singers. Queen Elizabeth had granted him a warrant to ‘take…so many children as he or his sufficient deputy shall think meet, in all cathedral, collegiate, parish churches, chapels, or any place or places as well within liberty as without.’ On this authority, good singers were seized from church choirs around the country and transported to the capital.” (JSTOR Daily)

• “What kind of evidence is portraiture?” (Hyperallergic)

• “Sometime between 1,000 and 1,400 years ago, a man near the Rio Grande suffered a fatal case of constipation.” (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

• How the music of Beethoven took hold of the United States. (

• “Climate change caused the demise of Central Asia’s medieval civilizations, study finds.” (

• On the documentary State Funeral: “Places and people are not identified. Instead, we watch a kind of historical ballet. The first impression is of unexpected discovery, or of being thrown into another time.” (Sidecar)

• “How a 1980s AIDS Support Group Changed the Internet Forever.” (OneZero)

• “Ivory from a sixteenth-century shipwreck reveals new details about African elephants.” (Science News)

• “From Kentucky to Wales and all across the Atlantic, the enslaved and downtrodden got married—by leaping over a broom. Why?” (Aeon)

• This week in obituaries: John le Carré, Ann Reinking, Charley Pride, Lidia Menapace, Tommy Lister, Alanna Knight, Carol Sutton, Ben Bova, Harold Budd, Jack Steinberger, Ian Jenkins, Othella Dallas, Janine de Greef, Dorothy Gill Barnes, Theodore Mann, and Ella Augusta Johnson.