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Medieval History

Drugs in the Middle Ages

Fans of Game of Thrones will be familiar with the painkiller ‘Milk of the Poppy’ a powerful drug in the fantasy series. Some of the show is based on medieval history and strange as...
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Were your ancestors cannibals?

There is no greater human taboo than cannibalism. It has been reviled by almost all societies through history and is generally punished by the harshest means. Nevertheless it does appear to be a feature...
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Medieval conspiracy theories.

Conspiracy theories have grown in popularity in the last decade. Be it JFK, 9-11 or climate change such theories inspire hundreds of books and spawn thousands of websites each year. However no modern theory...
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Sex and Scandal in Medieval Ireland

On January 13th 1358, John Rathcoul a merchant from Dundalk agreed to take on a young apprentice Nicholas O’Molaghallyn. The two made a contract where John agreed to teach Nicholas the ‘merchants arts’ while...
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Our murderous medieval ancestors…

Murder was disturbingly common in medieval Ireland with a homicide rate perhaps fifty times higher than it is today. These murders naturally preoccupied the court system of the late middle ages. Here are five...
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