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Medieval Europe

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...

History Of The Curfew: Etymology, Brief History, And Ho...

June 3, 2020

British paratroopers enforce curfew in Tel Aviv after King David Hotel bombing, July 1946. (Hans Pinn/Wikimedia Commons) In response to the recent civil unres...

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...

Cultural PTSD: How Societal Trauma Drastically Changed ...

April 14, 2020

Every generation has its defining moments. It can be war, famine, illness, or a combination of these things that shocks a group of people and drastically changes ...

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...

How We Tried To Contain Major Pandemics Throughout Reco...

April 10, 2020

A nurse checking on a patient at the Walter Reed Hospital Flu Ward during the influenza pandemic, Washington, D.C., circa 1918. (Harris & Ewing/Underwood Archiv...

This Is How The Church Handled Easter During The Plague

April 9, 2020

Easter is one of those times when people who don't normally attend church services fill the pews, but in the time of a pandemic like COVID-19, this kind of gathering...

The History Of Quarantine: How Individual Actions Stopp...

April 6, 2020

With many cities, states, and even countries issuing "stay at home" orders to stop the spread of COVID-19, now might be a good time to look back through history a...

Plague Masks: A Brief History Of The Strangest Medical ...

April 5, 2020

As if the Black Plague—the terrible pandemic of bubonic plague that decimated medieval Europe—wasn't terrifying enough all by itself, the "doctor" who showed...

Why The Past Smelled Absolutely Horrible

March 19, 2020

It's time to face facts: People are disgusting. It's not that you're a lazy or unhygienic person, it's just that the human body is a cesspool and there's nothing to be done about i...

How Much Do You Know About Machiavelli?

February 15, 2020

Just as Machiavelli was put to the test by the Medici family, you, too, are about to face the music. Of course, in this instance, you're just taking a short quiz. Machiavelli was se...

Machiavelli: Biography And Facts About History's Most M...

February 15, 2020

His name is connected with political leaders prone to playing 3-D chess, but was Machiavelli actually the conniving manipulator that we know him as? His most well...

Vlad The Impaler: Real-Life Dracula's Most Monstrous Ac...

February 3, 2020

You could say Vlad the Imapler was a bad guy. After all, you don't get to be immortalized as a bloodthirsty monster if you're Mr. Congeniality. Not only did Vlad ...

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...

Devil's Bridges of Medieval Europe: Where Architecture,...

August 16, 2019

The bridge Ponte della Maddalena, Bridge of Mary Magdalene, also Ponte del Diavolo or Bridge of the devil, is crossing the river Serchio. Source: (Photo by Fran...