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Alas, the Mona Lisa… I knew her, Horatio!

Alas, the Mona Lisa… I knew her, Horatio!

Some researchers in Italy are excitedly announcing that they may have, at last, found the bones of the real life Mona Lisa who posed for Leonardo da Vinci back in the 1500s. They found some fragments in a convent where she is thought to have retired after a brilliant career of sitting around, smiling in […]

42 Old English Insults

42 Old English Insults

Has anyone ever called you a drate-poke?  Has anyone ever pointed in your general direction, saying, “Be off with you, you fopdoddle!”  ?? Have you ever had to endure the hurt of being called a saddle-goose? If you have escaped these misfortunes, then count yourself lucky.  In medieval England, nasty insults of this kind were […]

Your DNA is teaching us about medieval history!  Who knew your DNA was such a brainiac?

Your DNA is teaching us about medieval history! Who knew your DNA was such a brainiac?

I don’t know if you know this, but your DNA, Kyle, has been teaching a lot about history lately.  It turns out DNA studies can confirm some of the details about mass migrations recorded in the history books.  For instance, the so-called barbarian invasions and all the resulting admixture show up as a lot of […]

The Middle Ages Were Fun!

The Middle Ages Were Fun!

Another article that speaks well of the merry old Middle Ages, deploring our use of the term “medieval” to convey something barbaric like the time people fought in Walmart over Tickle-Me Elmos and it was caught on video and posted on Youtube! Not so, says the writer. Not so. The Middle Ages were actually a […]