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For those wondering whether it is sinful to drink, even moderately, a scholar goes into the history of alcohol and its distillation to show how early monks and priests contributed to it.
Halloween parade in New York.
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Everything you need to know about the history of Halloween.
A window on the past: the ruins of Lindisfarne priory off the Northumberland coast.
From the fall of the Romans to the Middle Ages, Britain was more prosperous when it fostered a relationship with Europe.
When Britain went it alone.
Centuries ago Britain attempted to sever ties with the continent – and it ended in murder.
Thankfully, defleshing bones has fallen out of fashion.
Brodie castle, north Scotland.
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How medieval spires and snarling gargoyles went out of fashion and then made a spectacular return under – you guessed it – the Victorians.
A still from the new Ben-Hur.
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Hollywood loves a Roman action film. And recent archaeological evidence offers fresh insight into the world of the hippodrome: from sprinklers to cool horses to a mosaic displaying the four phases of a chariot race.
Renaissance master Andrea Palladio designed Villa La Rotonda with rooms of various characters, which at night served as viewing boxes for fireworks displays in the surrounding landscape.
Might we enjoy our homes more if their rooms were characterised by their sense of loftiness or intimacy or cheerfulness or melancholy rather than lifeless labels such as 'media room' or 'home office'?
Peter Gertner Crucifixion Walters.
The sources offer an intriguing – and surprising – insight.
This could come to blows.
There's something every Scot should know about those caterwauling pipes.
The search goliath has spent over $5bn on everything from driverless cars to smart contact lenses in the past three years. The UK tax hounds must be delighted.