The Vivid Life of the Skull Watch

The Vivid Life of the Skull Watch

Postby koimaster » April 9th 2018, 4:18pm

While the invention of the pocket watch in the 16th century brought reasonably exact time measurement into the daily life of those who could afford such timekeepers, it also cultivated a deeper awareness of the brevity of life amongst the broader population. Striking mechanisms were added to watches for practical purposes, and presumably to remind the wearer of time’s passage. That notion was later to gain tangible form with the creation of skull watches, embodying the idea that death drew closer with each passing tick.

Skull watches were in a sense futile, since life in the medieval Europe was brutish and short, averaging just 40 years. Disease was common, but none more famous than the plague pandemic of the 14th century, with recurrent outbreaks persisting for the next 400 years.

That misery was compounded by ceaseless conflict. The great powers of the day, France and England, fought over the French throne in a series of long, deadly wars, known collectively as the Hundred Years’ War. And this was also a time when the Catholic Church itself, possessed of both wealth and influence, became a contested turf, resulting in endless religious conflict and political unrest


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Re: The Vivid Life of the Skull Watch

Postby conjurer » April 9th 2018, 4:29pm

Jesus Christ. After reading that I could use a little skull.
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Re: The Vivid Life of the Skull Watch

Postby foghorn » April 9th 2018, 4:42pm

That Mary Queen of Scots looks like Edith goddam Bunker.
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Re: The Vivid Life of the Skull Watch

Postby conjurer » April 9th 2018, 4:56pm

foghorn wrote:That Mary Queen of Scots looks like Edith goddam Bunker.


Interestingly, Lord Darnley was the spitting image of Stretch Cunningham.

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