From The Perilous Past
Published by English Heritage, paperback, £7.99
Did you know that if you were a bit hard of hearing in medieval times,
one remedy was to leave a dead eel to rot in horse manure, then stick the
rotten eel in your ear?
Did you know that if a Roman slave gave evidence in a law court, the
evidence was only valid if the slave had been tortured first?
Did you know that Vikings washed their clothes in cow urine?
These are just a few of the weird, wonderful and often humourous facts
from bygone days contained in an exhaustively researched book.
The facts stretch back to the prehistoric age right up to the 20th century.
One of the most bizarre facts from the latter period was that Heinrich
Himmler, head of the Nazi death squad, the SS, suggested that its officers
should wear bells at night, so that any little creatures might hear them
and run away without being trodden on.
This is a perfect book to dip into to discover how disgusting and revolting
humans can be.