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Belgian Comic Strip Center, Not Just a Laughing Matter

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.10.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Fast-forward to the 20th Century when comic strips took on a life of their own, became animated, went from 2D to 3D, discovered marketing, morphed into a mega industry, and started raking in millions of dollars.

Behind the Scenes at Germany's Famous Markets

Peter Mandel | Posted 02.07.2015 | Travel
Peter Mandel

Some make pilgrimages to find the first orange leaf of fall. But I am in search of December. North Pole workshops could be gearing up at this very moment. But that is secret stuff. Since I can't get a visitor's pass there, I've got a different plan.

How the Middle Ages Really Were

Quora | Posted 11.08.2014 | Weird News

What are examples of things that are "common knowledge" about history that historians almost universally consider incorrect?

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.

Go Abroad...Without The Crowds

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 07.21.2014 | Travel

Sure, you could hop over to Paris or London or Rome for a bit of vacation and a history lesson. But wouldn't it be fun to go some place that isn't you...

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.

Faith Healers Can Be Con Artists in Disguise

Mariam Khan | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Mariam Khan

If, and only if, education becomes common for all and not only restricted for the middle and upper strata of the society can this hideous ill of fake faith healers, who simply fool the people by playing with their psyche, be eradicated.

Historical Origins of Valentine's Day

Nancy Rubin Stuart | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Nancy Rubin Stuart

Unable to protest, soldiers and their sweethearts sought help from a benevolent priest with miraculous healing powers named Valentine. Legend has it that the cleric secretly marry those couples.

Tales of Hard Winters Long Ago

Jeb Harrison | Posted 03.18.2014 | Books
Jeb Harrison

For readers of medieval and Middle Ages historical fiction, winter may conjure images of castles, animal trophies hung above the blazing hearth, never-ending banquets with bottomless casks of wine and mead. But what of the peasants and their winter's tales?

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.

The New Middle Ages

Gini Graham Scott | Posted 09.18.2013 | Business
Gini Graham Scott

Today, as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, it seems we are approach a new Middle Ages in America, as inequality increasingly spreads through the land.

One Of The Middle Ages' Greatest Artworks Is Back On View

Agence France Presse | | Posted 06.18.2013 | Arts

The tapestry cycle "The Lady and the Unicorn", considered one of the greatest artworks of Europe's Middle Ages, is being sent to Japan for six months ...

The Golden Age Of Islam

Sasha Brookner | Posted 03.26.2013 | Religion
Sasha Brookner

There was a Golden Age to Islam once -- a Muslim Renaissance so magnificent, famous, cosmopolitan and cerebral that it's borders didn't always bleed. This era unequivocally produced some of the most enlightened thinkers throughout the Islamic Diaspora.

Hellish Imagery From The Middle Ages

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.29.2012 | Arts

While today the word "hell" is often used in situations involving long lines and a lack of caffeine, in the Middle Ages hell was darker, hotter and ha...

9 Medieval Assassinations That Changed The Course Of History

Robin LaFevers | Posted 06.06.2012 | Books
Robin LaFevers

The mythos of the assassin fascinates even as it horrifies. It fascinates because it allows for the actions of one to bring down a corrupt or tyrannical regime that has no avenue of redress for those not in power.

New Study Reveals Who Brought Mice To America

| Posted 03.19.2012 | Science

Four-legged stowaways hitched a ride aboard the wooden 10th- and 11th-century Viking ships that braved the northern seas. The probably numerous passen...

The Surefire Way to End Online Piracy: End Copyright

Dean Baker | Posted 03.24.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

The institution of copyright dates back to the late middle ages. It may have served a useful function back then, but we will need something better for the Internet Age.

PHOTOS: Getty Exhibit Explores Medieval Fashion

Posted 09.25.2011 | Arts

In the Middle Ages in Europe, you were doing pretty well if you even had time to think about fashion. The images in the slideshow below, from illumina...

Opening to a Late Night Show Aired in the Middle Ages

Doug Lieblich | Posted 06.15.2011 | Comedy
Doug Lieblich

Spies from France have reported that Louis VI has refused a marriage arrangement with Eleanor of Aquitaine. Apparently, Louis canceled the nuptials, stating that he already had swine on his manor.

June 15: King John Signs Magna Carta

Sophie Pollitt-Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Sophie Pollitt-Cohen

Many people, especially those who write articles on this subject for Wikipedia, would say the Magna Carta is the most influential and important foundation of constitutional law.

Following a Stint at the Met, the Mourners Travel to Six American Museums

Susan Eley | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Susan Eley

I ran, not walked to the Met to see these statues after reading that the historian Johan Huizinga proclaimed them the most profound expression of mourning in the history of art.

Short Story Month: "The Ladies of Grace Adieu"

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Set in the same universe as that of her novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke's "The Ladies of Grace Adieu" stands on its own as a series of glittering dark tales that draw on the legends of northern Europe.

Happy St. Patrck's Day: 'How The Irish Saved Civilization' (POLL)

The Huffington Post | Amy Hertz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Happy St. Patrick's Day! It was the time of St. Patrick himself to which author Thomas Cahill refers in the title of his book, "How the Irish Saved Ci...

Why Democrats Are Losing on Health Care

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Thomas Frank

If universal health insurance goes down to defeat, Democrats will have to live with the shame of having been beaten by arguments that a novice debater would have no trouble putting down.