Daily Archives: 10/07/2013

Crime, Sex and the Spanish Fly

Spanish Fly, or Cantharides, are, as the name suggests, small emerald-green flies (above is a 13th century illustration of one).¬†Crushed or powdered these flies were used throughout the early modern period as a medicinal substance. They were believed to be extremely irritating to the body causing heating and blistering, this could be beneficial and was …

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