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Medieval History

The Great Fire Of London: 80% Of London Burned Down In ...

September 3, 2020

Fifteenth-century London was a crowded, dirty, polluted place with wooden buildings topped by tar-covered roofs, built close together along narrow streets. R...

Wine Windows Used During The Black Plague Have Reopened...

August 17, 2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to ravage the globe, people are finding new ways to connect and, more importantly, new ways to drink. In Florence, Italy, ...

1439: Kissing Is Banned In England In Response To The B...

July 16, 2020

(National Gallery/Wikimedia Commons) Here ye, here ye: No more smoochies! That's what Henry VI proclaimed on July 16, 1439, not because he was a romance-hatin...

1518 Dancing Plague: The Mania Where Hundreds Danced Fo...

June 24, 2020

(Pieter Bruegel the Elder/Wikimedia Commons) In 1518, one of the deadliest dance parties took place in Strasbourg, Alsace, when historians believe that betwee...

St. Scholastica Day Riot: When English People Killed Do...

June 6, 2020

St. Scholastica Day riot. (Howard Davies/Wikimedia Commons) Don't you hate it when you get all gussied up and head out to a restaurant for a nice evening only...

1618 Defenestration Of Prague: Two Catholic Lords, Secr...

May 23, 2020

On May 23, 1618, a divine miracle took place in Prague. That, or three guys just caught a lucky—albeit stinky—break. What began as a political protest ended ...

The Order Of The Dragon: An Ancient Society Dracula's F...

May 16, 2020

Medieval Europe was lousy with chivalric orders, bands of knights, and noblemen who lived by a set of self-imposed, righteous rules. The members of these ord...

Eyam's Quarantine: The Real Village Of The Damned Who S...

April 17, 2020

During the 14th century, the bubonic plague wiped out an estimated 50 million people, ripping them away from their families in a matter of weeks. The fatalit...

Positives Of The Black Plague: Power In Society Was Giv...

April 16, 2020

The explosion of the Black Death in the 14th century completely devastated the Earth's population. Between 75 million and 200 million people died, eliminating 30–...

Death Ships: Everything About The Ships That Brought Th...

April 15, 2020

Pandemics don't just appear out of thin air. That's why social distancing is so important: The further we stay away from other people, the lower the chance w...

Positives Of The Black Plague: Labor Shortages Empowere...

April 13, 2020

The Black Death—the great waves of the bubonic plague that swept across Europe in the Middle Ages—killed more than one-third of the population, profoundly ch...

Childermas: In Medieval England, Children Were Beaten O...

December 28, 2019

While the days of knights, peasants, and castles grow in popularity on Netflix, the people of medieval Europe weren't nearly as excited about their living si...

Père Fouettard: Santa's Sidekick Who Beats Up Kids

December 24, 2019

Move over, Krampus! Meet the Whipping Father, Père Fouettard if you’re nasty (or French). As one of Santa's many creepy friends, Père Fouettard travels alongside the man...

Saint Nicholas: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

December 6, 2019

Christmas party 1820 with St. Nicholas. (Photo by Imagno/Getty Images) "Saint Nicholas" is just one of the many names by which we call the jolly old elf who (allegedly) br...

The Elizabethan Era's Most Horrifying And Disgusting Re...

November 17, 2019

The Elizabethan era began on November 17, 1558, when Queen Elizabeth I ascended to the throne. The era is remembered as a time of beautiful clothing, luxurious h...

The History Of Trick-Or-Treating: From The 16th Century...

October 31, 2019

Children trick or treating at Halloween. Source: (Photo by Photofusion/Universal Images Group via Getty Images) Trick-or-treating is such a big part of the Ha...

Bethlem Hospital: London's Infamous, Horrible, And Terr...

October 22, 2019

Mental institutions and real-life insane asylums of the past were essentially real-life horror movies. It shouldn't be a shock that their conditions were bad, but...

A Brief History Of Europe's Werewolf Trials

October 11, 2019

Werewolves, or lycanthropes if you're feeling fancy, have been around in myth form since time immemorial, but there was a period in Europe when they were taken entirely too...

A Brief History of Magic Wands

June 7, 2019

Vintage illustration of a cigar box label for Wizard tobacco in the 1920s. Source: (Photo by Found Image Press/Corbis via Getty Images) Magicians, wizards, witches, sorcerers, and fairie...

Special Delivery: Why Storks Bring Babies

April 23, 2019

It is one of our most common trope…a long-legged, white stork carrying a newborn baby in a white cloth bundle, delivering the child to its new parents. This is the story that...

Suits of Armor, A Knight’s Best Friend

March 11, 2019

A knight in armor, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Source: (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images) Beginning in the 1400s, warriors devised a new way to...

Erotic Novel…Written by a Pope!

September 20, 2018

“The Tale of  The Two Lovers” is an erotic novel, complete with salacious illustrations, about the steamy love between a married woman and her secret Italian lover. This sounds like ...

The Green Children of Woolpit

June 18, 2018

There are two historians with their own version of the tale about the Green Children of Woolpit. One of the historians is Ralph of Coggeshall and the other is William of Newburgh. Ralph c...

The Mysterious Medieval Carvings of Women Exhibitionist...

December 10, 2017

Sheela-na-gigs are medieval stone figures of a naked woman spreading her legs. She is shown using her hands to pull open and proudly display her exaggerated genit...

The Bizarre Story Behind The Most Famous Decapitated He...

December 5, 2017

When Charles II of England assumed the throne in 1659, he  had a few bones to pick with folks who had offed his father. Ten years earlier, in 1649, his father, Ch...

A Chapel in a Treehouse Built in 1669 and Still Being U...

November 24, 2017

The Chêne chapelle “chapel oak” is an oak tree located in Allouville-Bellefosse in Seine-Maritime, France. The oak tree is between 800 and 1,200 years old and its...

Caligula: 1400 Days of Terror (A Documentary)

November 20, 2017

A look at the rise and fall of one of history's most notorious figures - Caligula. Credit: Ancient Documentaries

In 1600s, People Believed That Sniffing Farts Would Cur...

November 11, 2017

In the 1600s, some doctors recommended their patients to save their fart in jars and sniff them to help treat exposure to the bubonic plague. The logic behind thi...

Assassin’s arsenal: The 17th Century “Cabinet Book” Con...

September 30, 2017

The book below appears voluminous, but anyone who thought it has too much text inside is wrong. The interior is crafted into 11 drawers in varying sizes, wi...

Viking Warrior Found Over a Century Ago in Swedish Grav...

September 26, 2017

For centuries, and in almost all societies, men were always viewed as the ones fighting in the battlefront, while women remained behind to take care of the home. ...

Iceland's Medieval Turf Houses Merge Beautifully With N...

August 21, 2017

Turf has been used for building structures by European and arctic cultures since the Neolithic period. In Iceland, these green-covered dwellings merge beautifully...

The Majestic 1500-Year-Old Angel Oak Tree

August 9, 2017

One of the largest living oak trees in the world, the Angel Oak, is a Southern live oak tree located in Angel Oak Park, on Johns Island, South Carolina. The tree is believed to be...

Bejeweled Skeletons Unearthed from the Catacombs of Rom...

August 9, 2017

The skeletons were originally unearthed in 1578 in catacombs beneath Rome. They were then given to churches across Europe as replacement for the Saint relics they...

How Unrecognizable Was The English Language Just 400 Ye...

May 22, 2017

The version of English we know has only been around for a short time. Today many of us find it difficult to understand the language of Shakespeare, who wrote bar...

Mystery of 450 Baby Skeletons at the Bottom of a Well '...

May 8, 2017

When the skeletons of 450 Greek babies were first discovered at the bottom of a well in the middle of Athens in 1931, archaeologists reacted with horror and confu...

The Destruction of Pompeii by Mount Vesuvius (Re-Create...

May 3, 2017

Buried and frozen in time by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD, the ancient Roman town of Pompeii, with its 11,000 people has provided an object of great hi...

The 19th-century Pandemic that Killed 12 million People

April 12, 2017

Between 1855 and 1959 – over 500 years after the Black Death of the medieval times – a new plague pandemic ravaged the globe, leaving on its wake some 12 million dea...

11 of Histories Greatest Empires and the Vast Lands The...

April 5, 2017

Do you know where some of the most famous, or infamous, empires ruled? The visual below mapped the territories ruled by historical empires based on modern politic...

The Story of the Mysterious 19th Century ‘Princess' Who...

March 17, 2017

On April 3, 1817 --- out of nowhere, a confused young lady suddenly showed up in Almondsbury, a small village few miles north of Bristol in England. She was dre...

Mysterious Rabbit Holes Lead to 7oo-year-old 'Knights T...

March 13, 2017

A series of rabbit holes, on the estate of a historic English domain in Shropshire, England, which are speculated to lead into a network of a possible 700-year-ol...