Medieval Libraries Developed A Crude GPS System To Locate Books

It wasn't easy to find a specific book on library shelves in the Middle Ages. The spine title had not yet been invented, and the books weren't published in standard sizes. But readers didn't have to spend hours searching, thanks to an ingenious system that made use of concepts similar to modern GPS. » 12/02/14 9:30am 12/02/14 9:30am

The Greatest Werewolf Art Of The Middle Ages And Renaissance

While they weren't always depicted as shirtless teen heartthrobs, creatures who turn from human into wolf (and vice versa) appear in tales dating back to antiquity. So throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, artists have had plenty of strange and creepy stories to inform their werewolf illustrations. » 10/30/14 3:00pm 10/30/14 3:00pm

The Inspiration For Disney's Robin Hood Wasn't Actually Robin Hood

Andrew E. Larsen is an historian who specializes in Medieval England and blogs about pop culture and history at An Historian Goes to the Movies. In "Disney's Robin Hood: A Bit More Medieval Than You Might Think," Larsen explores the film's true inspiration, which wasn't Robin Hood but a different medieval tale. » 9/20/14 12:00pm 9/20/14 12:00pm

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,… » 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

The earliest public health initiatives included inoculation via scabs…

Public health initiatives have been a major benefit of living in the 20th and 21st centuries. They've spared many of us from terrible communicable diseases, ensured we live past childhood, and helped cause human life expectancy to increase by 18 years worldwide in the past 50 years alone. » 10/03/11 12:42pm 10/03/11 12:42pm

Smite Primitive Screwheads With Your Laser Gun

Ever wanted to carry a laser gun back in time to the Dark Ages and have everyone worship you as some sort of demigod before they eventually overthrow your ass and toss you down a well? Well, now you can. Ascaron Entertainment is releasing the role-playing game Hard To Be A God in April, and it's probably exactly what… » 1/29/08 10:00am 1/29/08 10:00am