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Want to know how to garden with lobsters How to sober up Grow a beard Or simply how to make a perfect omelet Look no further Rather look backward Based on the popular blog Ask the Past is full of the wisdom of the ages as well as the fad diets zany pickup This is a short but delightful and sometimes funny book based on a blog called Ask The Past In it the author shares some unusual some touching and some rather odd advice from the days gone by on subjects as diverse as getting rid of bed bugs I wouldn t advise following THEIR advise though the bed and house may go down in flames picking up women treating ailments and the best way to clothe yourself fasionably without a lot of moneyIt s a uirky book exactly right to pass a bit of time and to smile a bit while you re at it

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Lines and bacon Band Aids of the ages Drawn from centuries of antiue texts by historian and bibliophile Elizabeth P Archibald Ask the Past offers a delightful array of advice both wise and weird Whether it's eighteenth century bedbug advice sprinkle bed wi This short collection of random tips tricks from the Middle Ages Late Renascence was simply delicious I read it breathlessly and laughing out loud in 1 2 very busy days over the course of a few taxi rides It contains advice on anything you can imagine love life and sweet talking your lady including a pretty charged advice on How to Turn Down The Advances of Your Lord s Wife cooking recipes and house keeping including a surprisingly still accurate recipe for tagliatelle a castle shaped pie recipe and a recipe for that medieval pie which had live birds flying out of it when opened D home remedies as gross and hilarious as you can imagine social etiuette Erasmus of Rotterdam the great humanist scholar was apparently a master of fart concealment as well fashion advice other random stuff like How to Keep Your Cat or How to Escape from Prison the plot involves melting the bars from your window with lens channeled solar rays To keep it short the book is really delicious I m only sorry it s not longer

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Th gunpowder and let smolder budget fashion tips of the Middle Ages save on the clothes splurge on the purse or a sixteenth century primer on seduction hint do no pass gas Ask the Past is a wildly entertaining guide to life from the people who lived it fir When I won an advanced copy of Ask the Past in a drawing I was thrilled thrilled not because it was one of the few times when I had actually won something but thrilled because I have enjoyed the author s blog and facebook page that preceded this gem of a book Ask the Past is a book loaded with advice some pearls nearly ancient other pearls not uite yet a couple centuries old touching upon a myriad of subjects A few examples of topics include trying to talk to women behaving at school telling jokes curing hangovers Much of the advice is chuckle inducing from our modern and scientific world view and as the title should suggest out of date Some advice is still usable Zippy little one liners from the author accompany each tidbit What I truly love about the book is that it shows us we have needs interests and insecurities in common with those who have come before us We still seek advice on how to talk to those of the opposite sex we still share ideas on coping with hangovers uncertainties and fears that we might do something socially inept continue spurring us to seek guidance on how to behave and there are all manner of How To books one can refer to create just about anything From our distant vantage point we can look back laugh and smile knowingly at some of the advice in this book but we re also still looking for some of the answers


10 thoughts on “Ask the Past

  1. says:

    This is a short but delightful and sometimes funny book based on a blog called Ask The Past In it the author shares some unusual some touching

  2. says:

    Historian Elizabeth P Archibald does a wonderful job in “Ask the Past” of showing that history can be fun and entertaining Her collection of some of the bestworst excerpts from antiue etiuette and advice books and pamphlets along with accom

  3. says:

    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads The bits of advice from the past are comically enough on their own but the commentary for each adds to the entertainment

  4. says:

    This short collection of random tips tricks from the Middle Ages Late Renascence was simply delicious I read it breathlessly and laughing out loud in 1 2 very busy days over the course of a few taxi rides It contains advice on anything you can imagine love life and 'sweet talking your lady' including a pretty charged advice on How to Turn Down The Advances of Your Lord's Wife cooking recipes and house keeping including a surprisingly still

  5. says:

    This is yet another case of cool blog got a book deal and it has some of the problems intrinsic to this genre Which is things which

  6. says:

    This was a light enjoyable read I highly recommend it for anyone who has an interest in lives of people hundreds of years ag

  7. says:

    I won this book and it is hilarious It will be passed on to many friends

  8. says:

    Coffee table book It's pretty funny but I don't feel like finishing it when I could read books with a plot

  9. says:

    When I won an advanced copy of Ask the Past in a drawing I was thrilled thrilled not because it was one of the few times when I had actually won something but thrilled because I have enjoyed the author's blog and facebook page that preceded this gem of a book Ask the Past is a book loaded with advice some pear

  10. says:

    I found it simply amazing the advice and beliefs that were used centuries past What seems absurd to us now was common back