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Dave Bonta has posted 4 annotations/comments since 20 February 2013.

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About Wednesday 22 February 1659/60

Dave Bonta  •  Link

"...with his beard overgrown..."
Wondering what that might imply in the 17th century, I did a bit of searching and found this:
"Until at least the late seventeenth century it was widely believed that facial hair was actually a form of excreta – a waste material generated by the body as a result of heat in the testicles! But this also provides the link with masculinity. Since the beard was linked to the genitals, it was an outward sign of virility and masculinity."

About Sunday 19 February 1659/60

Dave Bonta  •  Link

It turns out that the psychoactivite properties of thujone have been much exaggerated. See

In any case, according to British beer historian Martyn Cornell on his blog Zythophile, a milder form of wormwood was used in purl. He is, however, describing the later form of purl (see language hat's quote from the OED above):
"Purl was ale heated until almost boiling (never actually boil any hopped drink, the bitterness is likely to be ramped up to an extremely unpleasant level) with a shot of gin, generally in the ration of 10 parts ale to one part spirits, and flavourings of the maker’s choice: usually something bitter, such as Roman wormwood (less powerful than “standard” wormwood), with perhaps orange peel, ginger and, by the middle of the 19th century at least, sugar."