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Electrifying the Folk

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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.

Crusaders' Poop Puts Medieval Life In Unflattering Light

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 06.19.2013 | Science

Intestinal parasites have been found lurking in ancient poop in the toilet of a medieval castle in western Cyprus, scientists report. The findings p...

Deadly Microbe Linked To Demise Of Ancient Empire

Posted 05.12.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 05/10/2013 09:48 AM EDT on LiveScience Plague may have helped finish off the Roman Empire, ...

Chick-fil-A's Mother-Son Date 'Knight'

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 04.25.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Hear ye, hear ye, fair residents of Ye Olde Towne (and the entire realm of Washington): gentlemen, you are cordially invited to night of...

Diverging Bases: The Case Against the Metric System

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 05.21.2013 | Science
Lila Nordstrom

In the same way that the foot was obviously invented by a potentially vain, math-hating medieval person, the meter was clearly invented by an anti-social mathematician.

The Wyld Olde Souls Merge Psychedelic Folk, Indian Ragas, and Renaissance Madrigals

Holly Cara Price | Posted 11.12.2012 | Entertainment
Holly Cara Price

Dreamy, trippy, with a lyrical guitar solo, lush orchestral arrangements and Vale's stunning alto, "Leave Her" begins where Lee Hazlewood's "Some Velvet Morning" left off.

Akin and the Medieval Worldview of the Right

Elizabeth Debold | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Debold

Todd Akin's views are positively medieval. I mean this literally. Medieval means prerational. And the problem is that rationality, the capacity to exercise reason, happens to be foundational to our form of democracy.

PHOTOS: Is This The Smartest Cruise Line Ever?

Jeanine Barone | Posted 10.12.2012 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

Swathed in a SmartWool sweater, a Cintamani polar fleece jacket, a pair of Mountain Hardware pants and other high-tech adventure gear, I'm fairly sure I fit right in with the Zegrahm uniform. But, alas, even though our ship, the Clipper Odyssey, is only 335 feet long with a mere seven decks, I'm often lost -- a dead giveaway that I'm a first timer.

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Priceless Stolen Book Found In Garage

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 07.05.2012 | Books

A priceless 12th-century illuminated manuscript stolen from the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, and considered one of Spain's most treasured cult...

Medieval Times: Not So Different From Modern Times

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 08.08.2012 | Home
Wilborn Hampton

In Medieval Play, Kenneth Lonergan's zany and erudite account of that turbulent era, the follies of the late 14th century are not all that unfamiliar from those of the early 21st.

What Medieval Times Teach Us About Respecting the Dead

Bridget Whearty | Posted 03.19.2012 | Home
Bridget Whearty

The phrase "no man is an island" gets tossed around pretty lightly these days, but at its core, it's about the same thing. When the funeral bells toll, don't ask who they are for. We're all in this together.

Reconsidering Romania

Jeanine Barone | Posted 02.28.2012 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

As countries go, Romania often gets a bad rap. But on a recent visit, I found a different Romania, one with bucolic valleys, scenic mountain villages, fine wines, verdant parks and chic boutique hotels.

Six Experiences In Montenegro's Loveliest Corner

Jeanine Barone | Posted 02.11.2012 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

Chicory, Leopard's bane and other wildflowers dot the landscape. Tiny garden farms are the norm, with many growing patches of potatoes, tomatoes, beets, and green peas.

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...

WATCH: "Treasures Of Heaven": Medieval Religious Relics At The British Museum

Posted 09.04.2011 | Arts

The British Museum's Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe exhibition is an extraordinary collection of religious objec...

Summer Genealogy Reads

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.29.2011 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

I'm constantly telling anyone who will listen that there's no such thing as a boring family, and many writers are discovering that their own families are a surprisingly rich source of material.

State Of The Art: New Sensors Protect Medieval Works At NYC Museum

AP | By JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 08.09.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- It will take a good eye to spot them, but dozens of tiny, very modern works of art have been installed near the 15th-century unicorn tapes...

Beirut Cathedral Museum Reveals Layers of Christian History

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

The recently opened crypt museum at the St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in downtown Beirut is relatively small but packs a powerful punch by revea...

Rhodes Beckons Sun/Sea Lovers, History Buffs, Nature Fans

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

*SEE PHOTOS BELOW* It's hard not to enjoy a trip to Rhodes with its plentiful sun, historical sites, diverse cultural offerings, natural beauty, fun ...

Book Of Hours Commissioned By Catherine Of Cleaves Is Astonishingly Detailed And Rich

The Wall Street Journal | KAREN WILKIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The politically ambitious Catherine was an equally ambitious patron of the arts. In 1440, about the time she definitively refused to live with Arnold,...

A Full Moon, Werewolves, and Betrayed Love

Jane Minogue | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jane Minogue

Werewolves are in the news these days, so let's analyze a story of werewolves, love, and betrayal circa 1180 from Marie de France.