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1 Reynard, the Barber-Surgeon of Canterbury Presentation created by J. Student

2 To find Reynaud, the barber surgeon, first find the Cathedral at Canterbury, then follow the lane nearest the nave entrance until you see the shingle proclaiming the location. Look for the red and white!

3 Requirements of the Profession Provide shaves to customers with unruly facial hair Provide shaves to customers with unruly facial hair Provide haircuts Provide haircuts Shave heads of lice- infested customers Shave heads of lice- infested customers Perform surgery Perform surgery Amputate dead limbs Amputate dead limbs Use leeches and any means necessary to remove bad blood Use leeches and any means necessary to remove bad blood Remove rotted teeth Remove rotted teeth

4 A typical day in the life… Sunrise: Awake to crowing of rooster Remove dressing gown and dress in linen tunic and wool pants Break fast with barley bread and cheese Dress in warm woolen cloak and gather surgical tools to leave for local farm

5 A typical day in the life… Morning: Remove festering leg from farmer—leave his wife with further instructions— payment in food and wool cloth accepted

6 A typical day in the life… Afternoon: Return home for dinner: barley and lamb broth with barley bread and cheese Bleed priest to release “daemons” causing fevers—received in return a blessing (have long ago stopped arguing with the clergy that illness is caused by imbalances in humours, not punishment from God…makes them feel better to offer salvation as payment)

7 A typical day in the life… Afternoon (continued): Shave heads of three choirboys from Cathedral school—no more lice in the pews—no payment necessary…though I do hope the lice do not infest my own self again Pull rotten tooth from mouth of woman—loaf of bread received in payment

8 A typical day in the life… Evening: Simple supper of oaten bread and ale Bank the fire for the night Remove clothing—set aside soiled tunic for laundress tomorrow Dress in nightclothes Retire to bed


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