Random Saturday morning thoughts
I once read a very scholarly tome on the techniques of Anglo Saxon silversmithing which suggested that the main pre conquest source of silver polish was earwax.
But apart from the obvious. When I get a cold or bad hay fever I get pretty waxy ears, but even so I can’t imagine ever collecting enough to polish a chalice, say, or a pair of candlesticks, let alone an entire set of altar furniture.
I wondered if perhaps when the venerable bede felt the desire to polish the church silver at jarrow he had to declare an earwax tithe in which the entire population of South Tyneside dutifully lined up to offer their aural excretions to the glory of The Lord and all his little saints?
Cos if he did you’d think he would have mentioned it.