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Medieval Europe

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...