What kind of armor did Medieval women really wear?

We know that skimpy armor that shows off a woman's cleavage is rather impractical for combat and that sculpted "boob plate" armor can be a hazard to your health, but on occasions that women did don armor in medieval Europe, what kind of armor did they actually wear? And is shapely, feminine armor a modern convention, or… » 1/16/14 11:00am 1/16/14 11:00am

Who knew illuminated manuscripts contained so many fart and poop jokes?

There's plenty of silliness sitting in the margins of illuminated manuscripts, and the Tumblr The Discarded Image collects some of the goofiest of the goofy: cats licking their junk, murderous bunny rabbits, prankster monkeys, amorous animals, and tongue-wagging jokesters. But perhaps the highlight of blog is its… » 4/14/13 11:00am 4/14/13 11:00am

Using Tree Rings to Determine the Start of the Medieval Dark Ages

The science of dendrochronology observes changes in the pattern of tree rings in an attempt to create a time line and infer climate changes. Using tree ring data, it is possible to link the past 11,000 years in parts of Germany & Northern Ireland, but only the past few centuries in other parts of the world. » 2/10/12 7:00am 2/10/12 7:00am