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Medieval kebabs and pasta: 5 foods you (probably) didn’t know were being eaten in the Middle Ages

Roast boars and flagons of wine might be what most of us conjure up when we think of medieval cookery. But contemporary sources suggest that our …

Medieval English law in the time of Magna Carta

It was a period of rebellion, international conflict and massive social change. But what sort of legal system governed the land in medieval England …

A murder of crows: 10 collective nouns you didn’t realise originate from the Middle Ages

From a ‘pride of lions’ to a ‘misbelief of painters’, many of the terms we use every day have roots in the distant past – specifically, the medieval …

What was life like for a medieval housewife?

From microwaves to dishwashers, today we enjoy a multitude of modern conveniences. Spare a thought, then, for the medieval housewife. How did she …

Heavenly dew: crying in the Middle Ages

When we think of the Middle Ages, what comes to mind tends to include epic battles, knights and their ladies, a lack of hygiene and perhaps even …

7 weird and wonderful medieval facts

To modern minds, the Middle Ages might seem full of alien concepts and circumstances. Now, a new book aims to demystify this complex period in …

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10 medieval dates you need to know

Don’t know the battle of Bosworth from the battle of Bannockburn? Confused between Magna Carta and Domesday Book? We’ve got you covered. Here we …

A brief history of medieval magic

From Narnia to <i>Harry Potter</i>, so many modern manifestations of magic come from the Middle Ages. Hetta Howes, who is writing a PhD at Queen Mary, …

Democracy and an age of genius

Paul Cartledge looks at the roots of mass participation in politics, while AC Grayling explains why he thinks the 17th century was pivotal to the …

Fake 'Shakespeare' plays revealed at British Library

He was no stranger to a spot of trickery, with plays suffused with double-crossing, misunderstandings and false assumptions.<p>But <b>Shakespeare</b> himself was also the victim of fakery, it appears, as false documents which duped the Georgians go on display in Britain for the first time.<p>A manuscript of a …

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