Dr Clare Griffin : Unicorns at SSEES?
3rd April 2014- 6pm (Room 432 SSEES)
Come along and hear Committee member Dr Clare Griffin's fascinating talk: Cinnamon Vodka and Powdered Unicorn Horn: Exotic and Occult Substances in Seventeenth-Century Russian Medicine. This will be followed by the usual convivial party with food and wine (but no cinnamon vodka or unicorn horn).
In case you feel bemused by the title, Clare explains that unsurprisingly early modern medicine differed from its twenty-first century equivalent. At the Russian court a courtier might be prescribed European plants like rosemary, Eastern spices like cinnamon, American exotics like sarsaparilla, as well as occult substances like unicorn horn. Although to the modern mind these items seems unrelated, to an early modern medical practitioner or patient their use in medicine was entirely reasonable. The talk will look at the medicines used at court and the practitioners, ideas and trade networks that brought together these various, varied objects.
Tickets £6 each: please email email@example.com for details on payment and registration.
- An Eastern European Food and Drink Evening (October 2013)
- Dr Philip Cavendish on the film 'Russian Ark' (March 2013)