Alteractions between town and gown go back a long way.
It could all get rather violent.
Like 1066 all over again: William had his work cut out to subdue the Saxons.
Anglo-Saxon opposition to the Norman conquest lasted for years after the Battle of Hastings.
Our expert joins the dots between the ancient kingdoms of yore and today's Northern Powerhouse.
Lovebirds in the 14th-century Codex Manesse (Cod. Pal. germ. 848, f. 249v).
How about some fowl play this Medieval Valentine’s day?
A windswept rock at what was the edge of the Medieval world is a fitting place for a Jedi hermit.
The requirement for marriage banns was introduced 800 years ago (almost to the day). Now there's talk of scrapping them.
Dutch painter Pieter Claesz’s Still Life with Turkey Pie (1627) features a cooked turkey that’s been placed back inside its original skin, feathers and all.
Most of the flavor combinations and traditions we've come to associate with the holiday date back to the Middle Ages.
Catch those z’s.
The clocks going back hold the tantalising promise of an extra hour in bed. But the modern attitude towards that champion of indolence, the sloth, shows that sloth is still very much a deadly sin.
We’ve always been fascinated by disfiguring diseases like leprosy.
Does Greyscale’s allure for contemporary audiences have to do with disfigurement?
Dining room scene from the Luttrell Psalter, 1325-1335.
At the time of Magna Carta a food revolution was taking place, which would no doubt have been reflected in the barons' celebrations.
The Greatest Mind You’ve Never Heard Of.
The 13th century polymath Robert Grosseteste was ahead of his time when it came to understanding light, colour and the universe itself.
Holding back the tide.
Six hundred years separate two post-election protests, but the issues at hand are strangely similar and the mistakes too easily repeated.
There is not a female figure on Game of Thrones who does not have a medieval counterpart.
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Game of Thrones never even approaches the slippery and surprising world of gender manipulation and redefinition that existed in medieval spirituality.
Feeling snubbed at the lack of invite?
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Benedict Cumberbatch is related to him – as are many others. But very few helped us identify the car park king.
Made glorious summer by this sun of York.
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By an accident of history, Richard III met his death on a battlefield near Leicester. Now, this has transformed the city.
Cersei Lannister – or is it Margaret of Anjou?
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It’s hard to imagine a more fitting venue for a show based on George R R Martin’s notoriously brutal novels.
Invoking Magna Carta in 1817.
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In its 800-year history, the revered document has been called upon in interesting ways.
Bits of the self have historically been an emotional aide memoire.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, many of us will think about sharing a token of our affection. The ubiquitous card is often teamed with a staple of the season: chocolate, perfume or flowers. These gifts…