The Natural Frontiers of a Global Empire: The Pineapple—Ananas comosus—In Portuguese Sources of the 16th Century
The great oceanic voyages had unexpected consequences on the pace with which plants moved between the most far-removed corners of the globe. From the mid-sixteenth century onwards, the huge distances…
Scholars in Gujarat’s Bazaars: Revisiting L’académie ambulante (“The Roving Academy”)
- HistoryKnowledge and the Indian Ocean
The sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries largely contributed to (re)building connections and to “de-compartmenting the worlds,” as French historian Pierre Chaunu insightfully put it. In…
Organic dyes in illuminated manuscripts: a unique cultural and historic record
- ChemistryPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
The findings in fourteenth–sixteenth century manuscripts confirm the hypothesis that this dye was lost during the High Middle Ages, to be later rediscovered.