Why did this woman, so devoted to her political cause and to her vision of a united France, chose to be burnt at the stake at the age of 19 instead of acquiescing to her judges’ directives?
Essays On Air: Joan of Arc, our one true superhero.
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Joan of Arc has been depicted as a national heroine, nationalist symbol, a rebellious heretic and a goodly saint. Forget Wonder Woman and Batman – Jeanne d’Arc may be our one and only true superhero.
How do different species have sex? Medieval illuminated manuscripts contain some surprisingly varied depictions.
Cate Watkinson, Colour Columns. © Chris Davis
An unlikely combination of artists, medieval historians, philosophers and scientists have converged to create an exhibition of glass artworks.
Nine centuries after it was commissioned to celebrate the Norman Conquest, the famed tapestry is finally going to visit England.
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?
A forensic dig into early British history means we can finally understand the heroes and stories that created a composite king.
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?
Historically, there have been numerous cultural manifestations of austerity that shed light on its enduring appeal.
In history, as in historical fantasy, women have an uneasy and dangerous path to power.
Cersei Lannister and her brother Jaime in Game of Thrones.
The new series will bring several strong women into conflict with each other – just like the Wars of the Roses.
In Sir Thomas Malory’s ‘Le Morte d'Arthur,’ a character complains that young people are too sexually promiscuous.
The British Library
The anxiety that young people are messing things up goes back centuries.
Passion, Lament, Glory at Melbourne’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in 2017.
Each year at Easter, Christians recreate the spectacularly violent end of Jesus's life, raising some tough questions about the depiction of suffering on stage.
The abandoned medieval village of Wharram Percy, where fears of the walking dead were acted out.
Historic England Archive
Whatever drove villagers to dig up the dead and mutilate their corpses may seem to strange to us, but it was evidently real for them.
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Trump would not have had a great time navigating the political intrigue presented in the Icelandic Sagas.
Spinning, Warping and Weaving the Wool (1594-1596) by Isaac Claesz. van Swanenburg.
By permission of the Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden
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.
Cupid shoots an arrow in the 'Roman de la Rose'. 14th century, MS NLW 5016 // Wikimedia Commons
Lettuce leaves and purgatives might ease your aching heart.
Historic heroes like King Arthur have helped audiences through the ages to cope with troubling times.
The lyrical beauty of Arabic inspired many poets, writers.
Land Rover MENA
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.
Alongside a road, under the ground a medieval manor lies waiting.
ender4000/Lost City of Trellech
Ploughing his life savings into buying the land under which the lost city lies, Stuart Wilson has made a once-in-a-lifetime discovery.