Cozins, let me tell you about some Renaissance weirdness.

☞ When I was doing research for this story I came across quite a few things that blew my mind. And one of them was the concept of time. I’ve never even considered that people could think of time in different ways. I mean, yeah, back in the day timekeeping devices weren’t as precise as what we have today, but… time is time, right?

Turns out people during Renaissance were super chill about keeping, or even knowing time. Clocks were already invented but they could be inaccurate by as much as half an hour. People left the exact time/record keeping to scientists, and in daily life only used common points of reference: dawn/dusk, meals, bells for church services. They didn’t even use minutes!! (Even though those were invented a long time ago, too.) There just… was no need for small units of time! My modern mind can barely comprehend. XD

So like, very often people lacked an exact notion of what time it was. They would talk about timing of events as related to a sequence of events that preceded them. “I had lunch, then I visited my bro Giorgio, and then the thing happened!” If they did want to indicate a small interval of time, they would use prayers. In 1456, a Florentine dude described an earthquake as “it lasted the duration it would take to say a Miserere quite slowly one and a half times.” Whu…

And people didn’t schedule their day in the same way we do now. No one had to show up for an appointment or for work precisely “on the dot.” There was no “punching the clock.” You could not be “5 minutes late already, Chama, I told you you should’ve left earlier!” Such concepts did not exist! Wild.

So in the comic I used a precise number of minutes cause it’s funny to my contemporary mind. But back then, most likely nobody knew the exact time of their birth. (Renaissance astrologers must’ve been so upset. LOL)