Chaucer’s career as a secret agent helped him assume different disguises in his writing. Some scholars interpret this role-playing as Chaucer being sexist and anti-Semitic.
When it came to making sense of lunar eclipses, medieval Christians did not necessarily resort to superstition, magicians, and moon-eating monsters.
Long overlooked in the West, the Byzantine Empire has recently picked up interest among far-right and conspiracist circles. A historian of medieval culture explains what white supremacists get wrong.
The story of the ‘Cadaver Synod’ tells us that in some cases, even the departed can be held to account.
The medieval symbols at the US Capitol riots says more about modern racism rather than true medieval history. We must be vigilant about this symbolism.
All cultures have communicated their knowledge in diverse and marvellous ways throughout time. Failing to see the significance of this is racist and lazy.
From the crusades of the medieval period to racial violence today, mankind has sought ways to ‘sanctify’ harmful actions, explains a scholar of religion.
Stephen of Tournai wanted Denmark to pay damages for Viking raids on France three centuries before.
Medieval disaster response was not so different to the measures we use today.
With the plague decimating the ranks of laborers, surviving workers started pining for higher wages. When the monarchy responded by enacting taxes and restrictive labor laws, the peasants rebelled.
Those experiencing stress and uncertainty amid the coronavirus may find guidance in medieval responses to plagues, which relied on both medicine and prayer.
The Baltic crusades had a long term impact on the local environment – 700 years later, the details of this are clear.
In medieval Europe Passover was a touchpoint for violence and libel against Jews.
During the Black Death of the 1300s, medieval writers struggled to make sense of the disease just as we are now during the COVID-19 pandemic
In the aftermath of the plague, division and discord spread in medieval cities.
Two precious manuscripts hidden in a bank vault survived the Allied bombing of Dresden, but one wound up in Soviet hands — until it was smuggled home.
The Monty Python star was also a highly respected author on Chaucer and the writer of a series of children’s history books.
Founded on Christmas Day 1119 and disbanded in 1307, this religious order has been misunderstood ever since.
A handful of manuscripts remain which give researchers valuable insights into medieval science.
In medieval England using magic was a bit like drug use today: against the law and seen as immoral, but still widespread across society.