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Gearrannan: black houses Scotland

Gearrannanis a crofting township on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.

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10 medieval helmets worn by warriors in the past

The medieval helmet was a type of protective gear worn to protect the head, and it was also occasionally used…

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Monks of the Middle Ages and God’s people in black robes

Have you ever given any thought to what it may have been like for some people to live throughout the…

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The secret of the medieval Iron Crown which is not made of iron

An intriguing item known as the Royal Crown may be seen at the Cathedral of Monza in Monza, Italy. Although…

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What secrets of history are kept by the famous round towers of Ireland

Round towers of Ireland are early mediaeval stone towers found mostly in Ireland. As their name suggests, Cloigtheach were originally…

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Vlad the Impaler: how the bloodthirsty Dracula fought and surpassed his enemies

Vlad the Impaler was Voivode of Wallachia three times from 1448 until 1476/77. He's regarded as one of Wallachia's most…

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What was the effect of the Renaissance on human history?

Whatever we think of the modern world order, it was created by the labour of Renaissance brains, entirely displacing Medieval…

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Who are the Sin-Eaters, and how did eating at funerals become a tradition?

A sin-eater is a person who consumes a ritual meal in order to spiritually take on the sins of a…

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Klinefelter syndrome: DNA study of a Finnish mediaeval warrior

New DNA analysis has solved the mystery of a mediaeval Finnish warrior buried in women's clothes.

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How were board games in ancient times and which ones are still popular

Board games are tabletop games that use pieces that are moved or placed on a pre-marked board (playing surface).

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Sidesaddle: why did ladies ride their horses sidesaddle?

Sidesaddle riding is a type of horseback riding that uses a saddle that lets the rider (usually a woman) sit…

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Medieval art

Medieval art evolved from simple book miniatures and icons to magnificent paintings by Italian masters.

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