Medieval Advice

June 21, 2015

Need to know how to tell if someone is or is not dead? How to leave a party gracefully? How to avoid the plague? Luckily the writers of the Middle Ages had a how-to book for everything, even if that advice does include killing bed bugs by “Spread[ing] Gun-powder, beaten small, about the crevices of your bedstead” and then lighting it.

is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York and every so often writes things at kaulielewis.wordpress.com.

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