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Anne Boleyn, we long for to see you!

Anne Boleyn, we long for to see you!

A possible portrait of Anne Boleyn was identified using facial recognition software of all things.  Up until now there is no portrait of her except that on a battered bronze disk.  After her execution, Big Brother Henry made her an unperson so her portraits disappeared pretty quickly.  The medal survived by chance, perhaps because it […]

Just how Anglo-Saxon are the English? 38%!

Just how Anglo-Saxon are the English? 38%!

Very exciting article published recently: http://www.medievalists.net/2016/01/19/dna-study-reveals-the-english-are-one-third-anglo-saxon/ The topic of just how much the Anglo-Saxon immigration affected modern British genetics has been a hotly contested one, ever since Merlin pegged the Anglo-Saxon ancestry of England at about 90%. Recent genetic studies looked at the modern population of Britain’s DNA and suggested all kinds of things.  Some […]

A Scottish Castle Teeters on the Brink of Oblivion

A Scottish Castle Teeters on the Brink of Oblivion

In the words of Percy Bysshe Shelly:  “Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair.” Abergeldie Castle in Scotland, dating from the 16th century and situated close to the royal residence of Balmoral, is facing destruction after the bank of the Dee river gave way.  Now frantic work is underway to stop the erosion and […]

Medieval potions help fight dangerous bacteria

Medieval potions help fight dangerous bacteria

People used to laugh at medieval medical practices, and they still do from time to time.  Especially we tend to laugh when we read of medieval doctors bleeding people, or talking about the 4 humours and vital spirits.  We also laugh at the popular idea that witches caused illness, when in fact we know now […]