What a letter from the Tuscan ambassador in Madrid teaches us about recreational activities in the Renaissance court.
A brief history explaining the origins of mummers, guising, trick-or-treating, and other seasonal festivities dating back centuries to ancient times. These traditions also span cultures across Europe.
The Tudors are cool again. For the past few centuries Henry VIII has been regarded as a bloated, ulcerated wife-killer whilst his unfortunate assortment of spouses have been reduced to a playground ditty - "Divorced,...
There is much debate over why people were accused and killed for witchcraft during the Middle Ages through the Early Modern Period. Here is a compilation of theories that might explain it.
Medieval Europe was no place for the timid; however, there was law and order to make life a little more tolerable. Here's an overview of law enforcement, medieval style!
The iron maiden, Crucifixion, German Chair and many more. Here are the top 13 most disturbing modern and medieval torture devices ever created.
A history of the British wig: the "peruke," more commonly called the "powdered wig" or the "judge's wig." What follows is a history of the peruke's origins, terminology, culture and even a fun Monty Python video.
This article is the extraordinary story of how, in an age where rank and virtue were crucial attributes for a wife, a commoner and mistress became the first lady in England, and the mother of a Royal Dynasty.
Elizabeth Bathory is a historical figure with much controversy surrounding her name. Many fantasists claim that she was one of the first vampires, possibly a Queen of the Vampires. Others claim that the Countess was...
A brief walk-through of Britain's famous Tudor dynasty with only the significant facts.