By Richard Sugg
Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires charts in bright aspect the principally forgotten background of eu corpse drugs, while kings, girls, gents, clergymen and scientists prescribed, swallowed or wore human blood, flesh, bone, fats, brains and epidermis opposed to epilepsy, bruising, wounds, sores, plague, melanoma, gout and depression.
One factor we're not often taught in school is that this: James I refused corpse drugs; Charles II made his personal corpse medication; and Charles i used to be made into corpse drugs. starting from the execution scaffolds of Germany and Scandinavia, during the courts and laboratories of Italy, France and Britain, to the battlefields of Holland and eire, and directly to the tribal man-eating of the Americas, Mummies, Cannibals and Vampires argues that the true cannibals have been in reality the Europeans. Medicinal cannibalism utilised the bold weight of eu technological know-how, publishing, alternate networks and knowledgeable idea. for lots of, it used to be additionally an emphatically Christian phenomenon. And, while corpse medication has occasionally been provided as a medieval remedy, it was once at its peak throughout the social and medical revolutions of early-modern Britain. It survived good into the eighteenth century, and among the terrible it lingered stubbornly on into the time of Queen Victoria. This cutting edge publication brings to existence a bit identified and infrequently irritating a part of human background.