Pietro Aretino: The Scourge of Princes

Imagine, if you will, a writer coarse and crass, bitingly satirical, outrageous, and, when the letters weren’t paying the bills, he’d dabble in a little (okay a lot) of blackmail. Even better, imagine if he was the son of an … Read More

Curse for a Bike Thief

Devils wielding implements which may include a fork, from Breviari d’Amor, Southern France (Toulouse?), 1st quarter of the 14th century, Royal MS 19 C I, f. 185v So some lowlife stole my beloved purple mountain bike… as its Halloween I … Read More