The Achievement of the Grail / Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Is the Grail the chalice from the Last Supper – or the Crucifixion? Does it contain the elixir of life? Or is it Mary Magdalene's womb?
The virgin martyr Saint Agatha of Sicily.
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The virgin martyrs were slaughtered to stop them speaking out, and yet their stories have prevailed.
US President Donald Trump.
Old habits die hard.
The Norman-built keep at Cardiff Castle.
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.
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The anxiety that young people are messing things up goes back centuries.
Much of what the English know about the Vikings comes from the court of King Alfred – who didn't like them much.
A recipe for an eyesalve from ‘Bald’s Leechbook.’
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A team of medievalists and scientists look back to history – including a 1,000-year-old eyesalve recipe – for clues to new antibiotics.
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Trump would not have had a great time navigating the political intrigue presented in the Icelandic Sagas.
Historic heroes like King Arthur have helped audiences through the ages to cope with troubling times.
A monument to St Dwynwen at Llanddwyn on Anglesey.
The Welsh legend of St Dwynwen is anything but romantic.
There is an era that lends itself rather closer than the tired Nazi comparisons of Donald Trump. And it may have a far more useful message for us today.
Cock and bullion: the $2,000 pizza.
On sale in New York for US$2,000. Don't all rush at once.
Mysterious lumps found at the bottom of a 7th-century burial ship have turned out to be bitumen from the Middle East. But how did they get there?
Virtual reality model of the west wall of the guild chapel, Stratford on Avon.
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Due to recent restoration, the paintings are clearer than they have ever been over the last 600 years.
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Women have always had to fight gender rules in order to gain power.
In the world of Harry Potter, beasts are to be protected, not feared. But this concern for monsters is hardly modern.
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This week’s episode of Game of Thrones saw a battle scene that some have claimed to be the greatest TV has ever seen.
How many of these do you find in history books?
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The medieval period wasn't always dark and full of terrors
A detail from Stanisław Wyspiański’s “Macierzynstwo” (1905).
What are we really talking about when we criticize women who breastfeed in public?
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It looks as if the story of the red priestess Melisandre is only just getting started. But is she a prophet, or a witch?