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Trumpus Andronicus? What the Byzantine Empire can tell us about the rise of populist leaders

The Conversation Global | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
The Conversation Global

Trumpus Andronicus? What the Byzantine Empire can tell us about the rise of populist leaders Maximilian Lau, Hitotsubashi University The approaching...

Painting Through the Irish Countryside

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 01.06.2017 | Travel
Barbara Ernst Prey

Barbara Prey painting at Glendalough I have a major museum commission for MASS MoCA , but before I came back to my New York Studio to begin the proje...

Painting Through Tudor England: A Unique Way to View History

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 11.01.2016 | Travel
Barbara Ernst Prey

Barbara Ernst Prey painting at Thornbury Castle, England I have books filled with my European and Asian travel drawings and watercolors. Some of them...

Brooding Tintagel Castle

Rick Steves | Posted 08.08.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

I always find Tintagel Castle, on the rugged coast in Southwest England, evocative and brooding...especially in gloomy weather. It's amazing to me tha...

Tour This $6.25 Million Medieval-Style Home Located In Manhattan

Architectural Digest | Posted 07.29.2016 | HuffPost Home
Architectural Digest

For Architectural Digest, by Jennifer Tzeses. Stained-glass windows, gothic statues, limestone archways—finding a masterful home with all the trappi...

Moscow: A City Guide to Russia's Capital

College Tourist | Posted 06.09.2016 | Travel
College Tourist

The College Tourist By Evan Przesiecki Moscow: The capital of the Motherland. It's the largest easternmost city on the European continent and is any...

Jesus the Good Chieftain: The Historically Contingent Nature of Religious Language

Sarah E. Rollens | Posted 05.13.2016 | Religion
Sarah E. Rollens

In a certain medieval Christian document, we find an account of Jesus' life. His birth, we are told, coincided with a "decree from Ft. Rome." The decr...

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.28.2016 | Religion
Michael Shammas

ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.

The Daily Struggle of a Modern Day Knight

Martijn van Oers | Posted 12.11.2016 | Arts
Martijn van Oers

This ongoing series documents the daily struggle of a knight forsaken, misplaced in time and space. Meet Wolfram von Eschenbach, last living descendan...

Mike The Knight: Mike's Bravest Mission - A Great Role Model for Pre-schoolers

KIDS FIRST! | Posted 12.08.2016 | Teen
KIDS FIRST!

Mike the Knight is a Canadian/British animated TV series created by Alexander Bar and Written by Marc Seal. It airs on Nick Jr in the US and it is ava...

The Isle of Sark Is Really As Majestic As It Sounds

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 11.27.2016 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

You're right off the coast of Normandy, a speck of land in the cold waters of the Channel between France and England. A mere 25 miles west of the Cherbourg Peninsula of France, and 80 miles south of the British coast. A steep-sided and car-free paradise.

Halloween Dreams and Visions

Paola K Amaras | Posted 10.17.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

What is it about October? When the balmy days of summer yield to the crisp, colorful days of autumn; when the warm breezes give way to brisk, howling ...

Apologies and Their Complexities

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 09.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

To acknowledge imperfections, some of us have to confront our idealized image, a narcissistic view of the self that dictates we must be perfect. In this case, a mistake and the need to apologize, can be experienced as like a blemish that needs to be hidden.

Historian Finds Oldest Use Of F-Word Hidden In Medieval Court Papers

The Huffington Post | Ed Mazza | Posted 09.14.2015 | Weird News

A researcher has found what is believed to be the earliest written example of the f-word. (Caution: a certain four-letter word is used ahead, and use...

The Museum and Library of the Hispanic Society of America: A Hidden Gem in New York City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 06.02.2016 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Museum and Library of The Hispanic Society of America is perhaps the least known of New York City museums, yet it has an extraordinary collection. I recently spent a delightful afternoon at the museum, which reflects the vision of Archer Milton Huntington to establish an institution dedicated to the celebration of Hispanic culture.

No One Knows How Medieval Nuns Used This Mysterious Prayer Wheel

Religion News Service | David Van Biema | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) The directions, if a little stilted, look familiar: “The Order Of The Diagram Written Here Teaches The Return Home.” Think Parch...

'Yoda' Spotted In Medieval Manuscript

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.23.2015 | Science

Maybe Yoda really did make it to the ripe old age of 900. After all, a drawing of a monster in the margins of a 14th-century manuscript bears a str...

Why You Shouldn't Be Afraid to Talk About Finance

Nourish International | Posted 05.13.2015 | Money
Nourish International

Many who look to understand the incredible wealth gap are quickly lost in the exclusive language of finance. When it comes to the inner workings of financial institutions, the rise and fall of markets, the tangled web of international debt, or even just our own personal finances, most of us are lost. In short, we are financially illiterate.

The Newly Renovated Harvard Art Museums: An Artist's Perspective

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 04.26.2015 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

As I walked up the familiar steps and entrance everything seemed as it had been during my time as a student. The inside, however, was quite different and the courtyard was bathed in light, still surrounded by some familiar artwork.

Cartoons: Art and Entertainment or Lethal Weapons?

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.17.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Saturday's smaller replay in Copenhagen of Paris' Charlie Hebdo massacre that left three dead (including the suspected shooter) and several injured begs the question: are cartoons art and entertainment or lethal weapons?

Electrifying the Folk

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 11.08.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I've always loved European-style folk-rock, also known as electric folk: the application of electric instruments and rock techniques to traditional songs. It's a style you can find here in North America, as well as in Britain and Europe.

The Cloisters: Escape the City in the City

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 10.05.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The Cloisters is the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art given over to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. With a collection of over 2,000 medieval pieces, the museum's structure is itself part of the exhibit.

Gothic, Baroque and Mostly Folk: Music from Central Europe

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.10.2014 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

I spent two weeks in June wandering around Prague and Budapest, seeing the sights and looking for folk and folk-inspired music. I came back with a satchel of CDs, some of which I'll share here in a series of posts.

Simulations Suggest Surprising Benefit Of Warfare

natureheader | Laura Spinney | Posted 09.24.2013 | Science

War drove the formation of complex social institutions such as religions and bureaucracies, a study suggests. The institutions would have helped to ma...

Game of Thrones Meets Fine Wine at Napa Valley's Medieval Castle

Xaque Gruber | Posted 10.19.2013 | Travel
Xaque Gruber

California native Dario Sattui's passion for European architecture of the Middle Ages is only rivaled by his passion for fine wine. he's built a full-scale medieval castle on U.S. soil. It's a wine country wonder, and a magnificently delicious reason to visit California's Napa Valley.