By Lucy Worsley

Why did the flushing rest room take centuries to seize on? Why did Samuel Pepys by no means supply his mistresses an orgasm? Why did medieval humans sleep sitting up? while have been the 2 "dirty centuries"? Why did fuel lights reason Victorian women to faint? Why, for hundreds of years, did humans worry fruit? these types of questions could be responded during this juicy, stinky, and actually intimate historical past of domestic existence. Lucy Worsley takes us during the bed room, rest room, front room, and kitchen, masking the architectural background of every room, yet targeting what humans truly did in mattress, within the bathtub, on the desk, and on the range. From sauce-stirring to breast-feeding, teeth-cleaning to masturbation, getting dressed to getting married, this publication will make you spot your place with new eyes.

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Perhaps it is surprising that Fontana was never created a cardinal, but he distinguished himself as apostolic commissary sent in 1252–53 to pacify the Romagna and then to oppose the tyrannical Staufen protégé Ezzelino da Romano. In 1256 Fontana raised an army to recapture Padua from Ezzelino, calling up ‘soldiers of Christ, St Peter and St Anthony’. 62 In the 1260s papal authority finally destroyed the Staufen and their allies in Italy. 63 The hope was – as before – that the papacy would be able to depend on a grateful and loyal dynasty in the south, to protect and to fight for, the interests of St Peter.

37 In fact none did so, and the management of the Third Crusade was assumed by the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa – persuaded into the job by the same Cardinal Henri de Marcy – together with Richard I of England and Philip II of France. 39 Maybe it was partly because of the Fourth Crusade and its outcome that Innocent III and his successor Honorius III (pope 1216–27) tried to ensure that the next papally authorised ‘holy wars’ would be 14 ‘DUX ET PONTIFEX’ commanded by churchmen. This was demonstrated first in the campaign against the Cathar or Albigensian heresy in south-west France, which became a major extension of crusading warfare against enemies of the Church within Catholic Christendom.

In the course of the eleventh century lofty ideas were advanced concerning both the nature of papal authority and – as an inevitable aspect of this – ecclesiastical sanctions of warfare. There were of course earlier pronouncements on the superior nature of papal power. Gelasius I (pope 492–96) is credited with introducing the idea of the Church as a principality set above all earthly princes and the pope as the vicar not only of St Peter but of Christ himself. 12 These ideas, however strong in their implications for future wars, need not concern us at this point so much as two practical measures designed to ensure more effective papal authority, both of them the achievements of Nicholas II (pope 1059–61).

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