Have you ever wondered what the medieval era was actually like? Aside from our culture's stereotypical impression of court jesters performing, knights saving damsels in distress, and kings and queens garbed in the fanciest regalia, of course. These stories look at what the historical records tell us about the medieval era: the religious wars, the torture methods ulilized as common punishments, revolts against class inequality, and more fascinating tidbits about what life was really like for people in those distant centuries.
The Florentine author of the Divine Comedy was a forerunner of the Renaissance.
From the ancient world to today.
By Team Mighty
These sea voyages had lofty goals.
By Orrin Grey
Some disputes were settled by innovative means, to say the least.
We're taking a look at this series of influential English civil wars.
As it turns out, it's a bit of both.
From the heretic's fork to being eaten alive by insects, these grisly old torture methods prove that humans have always been brutal.
Fed up with their working conditions, the serfs rebelled en masse.
Wealthy people were eager to believe the discipline's bold claims.
We discuss what it's like to write historical fiction, her interest in medieval Europe, and more.
Not yet familiar with the plague, her entourage underestimated its severity.
Its likes had never been seen before.
The historical reputation of Trota through the years shows how the mores of a current society can restrict contemporary understanding of a figure from the past.
By Bessie Yuill