Friday Marvels

Two articles caught our attention this week. The first was this story about a “
17th-century Urine Filled Witch Bottle.

Apparently, according to the latest issue of
British Archeology (and as reported by MSNBC), “this spell device, often meant to attract and trap negative energy, was particularly common from the 16th to the 17th centuries, so the discovery provides a unique insight into witchcraft beliefs of that period.” Looks like we’re not the only ones fascinated with witches!

And from the Wellcome Library for the
History of Medicine London comes some thoughtful reflections on a painting by the 19th century Solomon Hart depicting an encounter between Galileo and Milton (Galileo and Jewish Emancipation).

If you haven’t subscribed to the Wellcome’s blog, be sure to do so. The Wellcome Library is a simply magnificent collection for anyone interested in the History of Medicine or early cultural history. For the cooks among us, they also have a great collection of 16
th and 17th century cookbooks.

Heads up: there’s a new book out called
Galileo Goes to Jail with top-notch articles by many of the most renowned historians of science today. Be sure to have a look.

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