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Gunpowder, Peine forte et dure, and Medieval Penance

21 November 2017

Posted by Sara M. Butler, 21 November 2017. During much of October, newspapers and twitter feeds across the UK were abuzz with news of the miniseries Gunpowder’s graphic depiction...

Impeaching the Queen of England (1643/4)

9 October 2017

By Krista Kesselring; posted 9 October 2017. Trials of queens generally garner much attention, perhaps in part because they so often focus on sex. The trials of Henry VIII’s...

Acid Attacks in Nineteenth-Century Britain

13 September 2017

By Cassie Watson; posted 13 September 2017. The recent spate of acid attacks in London has led to renewed political and media attention on an especially horrific form of assault designed...

From Game of Thrones to Steven Pinker: Just how Lawless were the Middle Ages?

15 August 2017

Posted by Sara M. Butler, 15 August 2017.  Game of Thrones (GoT) season is here again, and along with it comes the perpetuation of an image of the Middle Ages as a lawless society...