Today’s bonus episode is on insults. It looks at which insults were considered to be the most provocative in the 17th century. We’ll see that courts were willing to excuse men who flew into a homicidal rage upon having their noses tweaked, being jostled, having the wall taken from them, and being “filliped upon the forehead.” We’ll also see one of my favourite cases, which involves a leek, a Welshman, a scarecrow, and a hammer. Finally, we’ll see these insults in action by looking at Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet.
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