I don't know what it's like where you are, but I'm being harassed by various pests (not Tim, I should add!) at the moment. Just last weekend, I was bitten by some very pesky critters, and it inspired me to research medieval and Tudor pest control.
In this week's Claire Chats talk, I delve into how medieval and Tudor people dealt with fleas, flies, mosquitoes, moths, rats, mice and more...
Sources and Further Reading
- Warwickshire County Record Office, Hedgehogs - https://www.ourwarwickshire.org.uk/content/article/pest-control-tudor-style-hedgehog-termination
- Medieval Pest Control - https://www.medievalists.net/2015/05/medieval-pest-control/
- The Tudor Housewife by Alison Sim
- Life in Tudor Palaces & Houses by Alison Sim
- A booke of fishing with hooke and line by Leonard Mascall - https://archive.org/details/abookefishingwi00satcgoog
- Medieval English Gardens by Teresa McLean
- Strewing Herbs - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strewing_herb and https://www.motherearthliving.com/gardening/gardening-projects/strewing-herbs-zmaz91djzgoe
- Tudors drove wildlife to the brink - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2007/jan/07/conservationandendangeredspecies...
- Rookes, Crowes and Choughes - https://thenaturephile.com/tag/vermin-acts/