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The Norman-built keep at Cardiff Castle. Matthew Dixon/Shutterstock

How the people of Wales became Welsh

At one point, the Welsh, Cornish, Scottish, Bretons and northern English were all "Kymry" - so what changed?
In Sir Thomas Malory’s ‘Le Morte d'Arthur,’ a character complains that young people are too sexually promiscuous. The British Library

Millennial bashing in medieval times

The anxiety that young people are messing things up goes back centuries.
Spinning, Warping and Weaving the Wool (1594-1596) by Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg. By permission of the Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden

The fragility of women’s rights: how female guilds wielded power long ago

In 15th and 16th century France, two female textile guilds - comprised of single women and wives working independently of their husbands - wielded great power. By the end of the 18th century, they had been dismantled.
The lyrical beauty of Arabic inspired many poets, writers. Land Rover MENA

What’s missing in the teaching of Islam

The teaching of Islam is often limited to its religious practice. How Christians, Jews and Muslims borrowed freely from each other in the realm of art, music, and literature is seldom discussed.
A comic ending - in the sense of Shakespeare’s comedies - would see Jon Snow marry Daenerys and live happily ever after. ©2016 Home Box Office, Inc.

Wrapping up the fantasy - how will Game of Thrones end?

'Winter is Coming' and 'All Men Must Die' are Game of Thrones' watchwords. But do they offer clues to an ending for the show – and the books?

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