A recent article for Live Science analyzes the evolution of Little Red Riding Hood from its 1st century roots to its modern place in children's literature. The article follows the work of Durham University anthropologist Jamie Tehrani whose paper The Phylogeny of Little Red Riding Hood was published in the journal Plos One.
In a feature article for History Today, S. Frederick Starr of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, looks at the claimants to the discovery of the New World, including Abu Raihan al-Biruni, an Islamic scholar from Central Asia, who "may have discovered the New World centuries before Columbus – without leaving his study."
500 hundred years ago, a grieving wife wrote 13 love letters of Shakespearean pathos to her dead husband. The letters were buried along with the mummified remains in Andong City in South Korea, and tell "him she wants to see him and listen to him in her dreams."
Debate over corporal punishment in schools continues to this day, but new research by Dr Ben Parsons, of the University of Leicester, shows that the debate is an old one. In his project, Discipline and Violence in the Medieval Classroom, Parsons examines writings from the Middle Ages and concludes that corporal punishment was not necessarily the rule of the day.
Reburial of nobles was common practice in the 15th century, so the spirit of Richard III should feel right at home when he is soon reinterred in Leicester Cathedral. Experts have discovered a medieval ceremony of reburial, parts of which will be used in the upcoming service.
Polish and repair your armor! Practice your tactics and formations! Prepare for these challenging fighting Scenarios for Estrella War XXX!
A 16th century German law, Reinheitsgebot, laying out the purity of beer, should be included in UNESCO's list of famous traditions, according to the country's beer industry. Over 5,000 beers still carry the law's seal which requires that only water, barley, yeast and hops may be used to brew beer.
A mite late, perhaps, but still of note, we bring you a special Christmas present: Reno erat Rudolphus, complete with score so you can sing along.
Archaeologists working at the site of a 12th century crusader grave in Hyvikkälä, Janakkala, Finland were puzzled to find the remins buried with two swords from different historical periods.
Archaeologists excavating the remains of an Anglo-Saxon in Lyminge, Kent have discovered a game piece "made from a hollow piece of bone closed with delicately turned wooden caps, held in place with a bronze pin," part of a high-end backgammon set. (photo)
A team of experts from Archaeology Warwickshire and York University have opened the 1,700-year-old lead coffin discovered recently near Hinckley, England, and have begun examination of its contents.
Watchers of BBC 2 may want to catch up on the latest episodes of The Tudor Monastery Farm, where modern experts "work as ordinary farmers under the eye of a monastic landlord, learning to master the landscape away from the farm in order to supplement their income."
Maol Mhichil mac Giolla Pheadair reports that at Their Courts at Boar's/Bull's Head, Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne of the Kingdom of Northshield, offered elevation to the Peerage to seven of Their subjects.
In 2012, 15-year-old Jack Lawrence discovered an odd stone in the rubble from a wall once part of Shutes Cottage in West Down, England. The stone bears the inscription "Guerngen" and is believed to have been a "pillow stone," placed at the head of a grave.
Estrella War XXX Invites gentle lords and ladies to Teach at our A&S Collegium!
The official website describes Swordcraft as "paintball meets medieval/fantasy battle - carnage with a dash of medieval re-enactment, role-playing and cosplay." The medieval LARP (Live Action Role Playing) game was featured in a recent article in the Bendigo Advertiser (Australia). (photo, video)
Thanks to a US$3.2 million grant from the Polonsky Foundation, rare manuscripts from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana will be digitized and made available online through both libraries. NPR's Annaliese Quinn has the story and interview.
"Reenacting medieval combat is one of the main attractions of the Medieval Society, but is certainly not the only one," writes Elizabeth Collins, staff reporter for The Purdue Exponent. Collins spoke with members of the university group and its partner, the SCA.