article · Leonardo da Vinci · news · Renaissance

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

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history · literature · Medieval terms · Old English

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… Continue reading 42 Old English Insults

DNA · middle ages · science

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