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AQUA ABLUTIONS

Hand washing could be a fancy occasion in the Middle Ages

Washing your hands in the medieval period didn’t need to be a chore when you used an aquamanile. This 33cmhigh copper example, found in England and dating to the late 13th century was filled with water via the knight’s head and poured out through a spout in the horse’s forehead. Aquamaniles were used for washing hands before a meal, or by a priest during the Christian rite of the Eucharist. They could be made in a variety of shapes including dragons, unicorns or lions.

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Few legends from ancient history have continued to hold us in such thrall as that of the fall of Troy, the epic tale of love and loss; gods and mortals; treachery and truth. But how much of the story is actually true? Michael Scott weighs up the reality and fiction of probably the most famous of Ancient Greek myths. Plus: Ten quirkiest royal traditions, the secrets of the relics in Ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb, the Queen who took on the British in the 1857 Indian Rebellion, escapes over (and under) the Berlin Wall, and more.