Monthly Archives: September 2014

Surgeons, Stones and Sedentary Lives: Bladder Stones in Pre-Modern England

King Charles II, some time after 1662, was paying a visit to the races at Newmarket in Suffolk. Upon arriving at his destination, he was told of a bladder stone, or calculus, of great size that had lately been removed from the wife of a local locksmith. It weighed a whopping 964 grams!  Rather than […]

A Palaeographer’s Adventures in Programming (3)

I’ve been away from my desk a lot over the last three weeks. I’ve spent many hours working with my supervisor to design a palaeography experiment involving a group of very willing and wonderful calligraphers from the York Scribes and Wyke Scribes groups, a WACOM digitising tablet and an adapted digital pen. I’m still grappling […]