Ever since players tweaked the game to reflect the medieval social order, poets and writers have used chess as an allegory for love, duty, conflict and accomplishment.
The idea of organized satanic witchcraft was invented in 15th-century Europe by church and state authorities, who at first had a hard time convincing regular folks it was real.
Poets and the wealthy were angered by those who saw their opportunity to rise above their station after the plague.
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
The young assassin and wannabe knight stand in the background but if their medieval influences are anything to go by, they could end up leading the final battle.
Medieval churches have often suffered fires. A look at those in Britain shows that Notre Dame can be rebuilt.
From speaking out over domestic abuse in medieval times to telling the realities of war, these female poets present a very different version of Welsh life.
From Scarecrow to Scabby William, what can medieval names tell historians today?
Male monks were not the sole producers of books throughout the Middle Ages.
Science fiction has been around for centuries.
How medieval scientists grappled with the conflicting 'truths' of creationism and the eternity of the world.
Back in the Middle Ages, as well as speaking English and Latin, many people living in Britain also spoke French.
The new Black Panther film has a lot in common with medieval romance tales.
How do different species have sex? Medieval illuminated manuscripts contain some surprisingly varied depictions.
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 martyrs were slaughtered to stop them speaking out, and yet their stories have prevailed.
Old habits die hard.
At one point, the Welsh, Cornish, Scottish, Bretons and northern English were all "Kymry" - so what changed?
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.