Summary Ý Ask the Past


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 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


  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 accompanying illustrations had me laughing so hard that I could not breathe Her snarky “translations” at the end of each excerpt doubled the entertainment valueAside from being entertaining her introduction breaks down her research methods in a way that will help novice historians learn how to take tiny bits of information and use it to get an overall picture of the society of the timeAlso I would like to note that I am forever grateful to the person who established that it is not appropriate to attack someone who is defecating Where would we be as a society if that was still an acceptable practice?“Ask the Past” is the perfect gift for anyone old enough for fart and sex jokes made classier through Old EnglishThis review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review


  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 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


  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 are charming when published in bits and pieces over time in a blog doesn’t necessarily make any sense as a book The blog publishes interesting bits and bobs of bad advice from historical books and manuals and then we all have a giggle at how silly they are The blog publishes them randomly with no theme tying one uote to another or chronological presentation or anything like that which totally works for a blog However put together randomly in book form it doesn’t uite work I really think they needed to be organized And there’s as far as I can tell just repeats from the blog Still it’s kinda cute The uotes are funny It’s a good bathroom book for people who do that or small coffee table book I received a reviewer's copy of this book on Netgalley


  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 ago And of course who can resist advice on how to teach your cat tricks or tell if someone is dead? Note I received this book from a First Reads giveaway


  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 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. says:

    I found it simply amazing the advice and beliefs that were used centuries past What seems absurd to us now was common back then Makes me glad to be alive now verses then Though to be fair i'm sure 100 years from now they'll look back and wonder at the crazy things we doarc from NetGalley


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Ask the Past

P 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 was a light

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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 picku Historian Elizab

Read Á PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB É Elizabeth P. Archibald

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  • Hardcover
  • 304
  • Ask the Past
  • Elizabeth P. Archibald
  • en
  • 24 October 2020
  • 9780316298896