Middle Ages

The Secret Meanings Behind the Beasts in a Medieval Menagerie

In Middle Age Europe, animals were popular storytellers.<p>In the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, amid a vast collection of medieval texts, …

Ancient History

National Black Cat Appreciation Day 2018: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

ASPCA<p>It’s National Black Cat Appreciation Day! These beautiful felines sometimes get a bad rep because of western superstitions. But they have …

Pets

How Europeans in the Middle Ages used racial categories

For generations, race studies scholars—historians, literary critics, social scientists—believed that race and its pernicious spawn <i>racism</i> were …

Liberal View

10 Friday AM Reads

My end of week morning train reads: • Why Can’t Europe Do Tech? This is the best moment in decades for the continent to battle its way back to …

New York University

How Have Foreign Languages Impacted the Danish Language?

Throughout the centuries, Danish has been influenced by different foreign languages and according to studies after the 1950s, a great number of …

Language

Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages

Oxford University Press

The 14 Most Destructive Millennial Myths Debunked by Data

<i>“My generation sucks.”</i><p><i>“Embarrassing to be apart of the “handout” generation offended by everything.”</i><p><i>“I’m a millennial and I’m NOT proud, my</i> …

Pew Research Center

Richard Sylla on the Lowest Interest Rates in History (Podcast)

Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz interviews Richard Sylla, professor emeritus of economics at New York University’s Stern School of …

Interest Rates

The Weekend Reset: From Baker Street to the Middle Ages and an orchestrated Queen of Soul

<i>It’s Friday. Looking for something to switch up your weekend, or to give you an excuse to relax a little? That’s what the Weekend Reset is for. Each</i> …

Aretha Franklin

Taming the Tech Monster

BRUSSELS – When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before the European Parliament in May, he boasted that his company pays tens of thousands of …

Social Media

“Mysteries of the Middle Ages”

“Mysteries of the Middle Ages”<p>August 16, 2018 by Dan Peterson<p>First off, I readily admit that <i>Mysteries of the Middle Ages</i>, the title of a book by …

Medieval

Enoch from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, Volume I

• http://global.oup.com/academic/covers/uk/pop-up/9780198718413<p>Sources From Judaism, Christianity, and Islam<p><b>John Reeves</b> and <b>Annette Yoshiko Reed</b><p>Provides …

Humanities

Hogwash

<b>Hogwash</b> is an interesting word that has its origins in the Middle Ages. <i>Hogwash</i> may be considered an idiom, which is a word, group of words and …

Grammar

Ballochmyle Cup and Ring Marks

These ancient symbols freckling a Scottish cliff remained hidden for centuries.<p>These Scottish cliffs form a tapestry of Neolithic and Bronze Age art. …

Archaeology

Why my addiction to travel has kept me single

“Travelling: it gives you a home in a thousand strange places, then leaves you a stranger in your own land.” Moroccan scholar Ibn Battuta, widely considered to be the most prolific explorer of the Middle Ages, wrote this in 1354, and it feels as true today - to me at least - as it did more than six …

Travel

Nuremberg’s Noble Servant: Werner von Parsberg (d. 1455) between Town and Nobility in Late Medieval Germany

Through this appreciation of the factors supporting town–noble cooperation in the late Middle Ages we are better able to understand the formation and …

Medieval

Israel discovers 19th-century soap factory in Jaffa

Jerusalem, Aug 14 (IANS) A soap factory dating back to the 19th century has been unearthed, along with large underground chambers, in the old city of …

Israel

Mark Hamill Will Basically Play Medieval Luke Skywalker on KNIGHTFALL

A battle-scarred veteran knight has been in exile for years. Eventually, he returns to the fray to train the next generation of warriors. Well, who …

Mark Hamill

Medieval Mummy Head Shows Dark Ages Medicine Wasn't That Dark - Science & Technology

The age leading up to the Renaissance in Europe may not have been so dark after all, say modern historians, debunking the view that dubbed the Middle …

Archaeology

Mark Hamill swaps lightsaber for sword in History's Knightfall

The Knights Templar on History's drama series Knightfall will welcome a Jedi to the cast when Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill joins the series for its second season.<p>History announced on Monday is has green-lighted a season 2 of the drama show about the political and physical battles of the Knights …

Mark Hamill

Kickstarters of the Week: 8/13

We are cruising through August and summer is already starting to wind down. With Gen Con in the rearview mirror (here is our recap if you missed it), …

Board Games

Designer John Warwicker blows up landmark property law

In a collection of surreal objects, one of the oddest is John Warwicker's series of posters. The designer reproduces blown-up extracts of landmark …

Land Rights

Poetry Daily

Man with Child, May<p>Under deep gray thunderless skies<br>a man cradles an infant to his bare chest<br>on the long swoop of spotty grass<br>in the tiny park across …

Literature

Booze after Brexit? Pass the mead

One of the few compensations for the looming prospect of a no-deal Brexit is that at least we make plenty of our own booze, so we will be able to celebrate/drown our sorrows with home-grown fizz or an extra-large G&T. There’s even an English whisky industry taking off.<p>That may not, of course, make …

Lifestyle (UK)

Style Classic: Leadlight Windows

Traditionally, leadlights differ from stained glass windows because of their setting and simplicity. Rather than ornate, figurative designs found …

Art Deco

Reading Comprehension: Detail Questions | GMAT practice question

Until the mid-twentieth century, most historians considered the Early Middle Ages, the period between the 6th and 11th centuries, a dark age in which …

Archaeology

As you sing

• http://global.oup.com/academic/covers/uk/pop-up/9780193524217<p>Sample Material<p>Edited by <b>Neil Ferris</b> and <b>Joanna Tomlinson</b><p>As you sing<p>9 secular concert …

Oxford University Press

Call for Papers: Reconstituting the Middle Ages: using medieval sources to recover the material past

Call for papers for a session at the 2019 International Medieval Congress

Medieval

How The Black Death (Sort Of) Killed A Viking Colony And Transformed Europe

Throughout much of the European Middle Ages, the Norse were compulsive travelers. These groups of people (who we often call “Vikings”) traded, raided and pillaged throughout Europe, settled in Constantinople and fought with and against the Byzantines, encountered Arab traders from Baghdad in modern …

Archaeology

Children's Book Review: After Life: Ways We Think About Death by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox. Orca, $24.95 (88p) ISBN 978-1-45981-388-5

After Life: Ways We Think About Death<p>Merrie-Ellen Wilcox. Orca, $24.95 (88p) ISBN 978-1-45981-388-5<p>Author and hospice volunteer Wilcox (<i>What’s the</i> …

Book Reviews