The Pointy-Toed Men

First seen in the 12th century, and reappearing in the 15th century, the fashion of pointy toed shoes was one that was strongest among men and upper classes.

The Sophistication of Cannibalism

While Europeans were condemning the “barbarians” in the New World of atrocious acts of cannibalism, they themselves were ingesting human flesh, organs, and bodily fluids in the name of medicine.

The Life of Fools

Called a jester, folly, fool, or wit; court entertainers have existed throughout history and throughout the world. The fools of medieval and renaissance England were musicians, story-tellers, comedians, jugglers, and acrobats.

Vinegar Valentines

In Europe and the United States in the 1900’s, a strange Valentine custom developed. In addition to sending sweet, romantic Valentine cards, individuals also sent cards with rude, insulting poems.