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Middle Ages

How Were Archers Continually Supplied With Arrows During Battles?

Quora | Posted 07.31.2015 | Education
Quora

How did armies such as the Mongols, Medieval English or the Magyars keep their archers supplied with arrows while on campaign?: originally appeared on...

How Did People in the Middle Ages Tell Time?

Quora | Posted 07.29.2015 | Technology
Quora

Larger monasteries and the chapterhouses of cathedrals would have rung bells to summon the community to these prayers, and peasants and farmers living nearby would have had their day divided up by the ringing of these bells.

Just What Are the Liberal Arts Anyway?

Cecilia Gaposchkin | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
Cecilia Gaposchkin

As parents send their kids off to college this fall, and those same kids try to figure out what they want to study, and as those of us who teach in liberal arts institutions begin talking to those students about the purpose and meaning of the educations they are about to embark upon, we should all keep in mind what our ultimate aims are.

Did People in the Middle Ages Fight as Well With Swords as Portrayed in Movies?

Quora | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment
Quora

Virtually no movies about the Middle Ages are "very realistic." Most are little more than fantasies minus the dragons, with costumes, weapons and settings completely made up by the film makers with some kind of vaguely "medieval" theme in their heads.

Dental Hygiene Was Actually Good During the Middle Ages?

Quora | Posted 06.18.2015 | Weird News
Quora

People in the Middle Ages considered healthy, white teeth a sign of beauty and wrote of sweet smelling breath as a desirable attribute. So, not surprisingly, we have extensive evidence that people liked to keep their teeth clean and a large amount of evidence of tooth pastes, powders and treatments, as well as mouth washes and treatments for halitosis.

Ephesus: The Legend of the Seven Sleepers

Bob Schulman | Posted 05.14.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

He orders everyone in the empire -- under pain of death -- to make sacrifices to idols of the Roman gods, figuring the Christians wouldn't do it. He was right, they wouldn't. And so the lions got some meaty meals.

Debunking the Myths of Leonardo Da Vinci

Quora | Posted 06.27.2015 | Weird News
Quora

While there is no doubt that Leonardo (he is not referred to as "Da Vinci" despite what a certain stupid novel may say) was a remarkable artist, he is often credited with influence and significance in other fields that he simply did not have.

Did the People of Middles Ages Era England Really Toss Their Feces Out of the Window ?

Quora | Posted 06.23.2015 | Weird News
Quora

The idea that people routinely emptied chamberpots out windows into the street is one of the images of the past that has been taught to generations of school children. It's usually said to have been done in the Middle Ages and it's an image that has stuck with many people, particularly because we find it so disgusting. Unfortunately, like many popular ideas about the Middle Ages, it's largely nonsense.

At Tribeca: Wondrous Boccaccio: A Decameron for the Tuckered Out

Brandon Judell | Posted 06.20.2015 | Arts
Brandon Judell

Some of the tales are bawdy, some tragic, numerous are of greed, and many flow forth with tears and laughter only true love can elicit. Here's an unvarnished view of a battered world that's soon to be rejuvenated by the Renaissance, but not yet.

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.

Belgian Comic Strip Center, Not Just a Laughing Matter

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.12.2015 | 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
Quora

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...