[MR] BBC: Trail by Ordeal, Modern Female Knights, and Garden Herbs

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Sat Feb 9 02:33:33 PST 2019

Noble Friends,

Feast or famine! After a long dry spell, today BBC is offering three
stories of interest to Scadians.

"Trial by Ordeal: When Fire and Water Determined Guilt" discusses some oft
overlooked aspects of medieval justice. It wasn't just about the whether
innocent drowned and the guilty floated, or who won at trial by combat. The
article goes on to explain that trail by jury became the norm after the
church withdrew its support for ordeals:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-45799443 .

Our second pick is about a modern-day female knight who bashes and slashes
in full armor: "Sword Blows Make Me Strong, Says Scotland's Female Knight".
This illustrated story explores full-armor combat as currently practiced in
Great Britain from a woman's point of view:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-47166463 . You go
girl! Don't miss the links to other stories on armored combat.

Finally, a more gentle story is "Five Garden Plants With a Hidden History",
which talks about medicinal herbs that were grown in the middle ages and
later. Five lovely plates from a 1542 herbal are included. The story is a
promotion for an exhibition which will be appearing at several gardens
around Britain: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47074993

Please enjoy these BBC articles while you can. In a few days they are sure
to be replaced by tedious Brexit stories.

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆

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