History Stories
CATEGORY: Middle Ages
The Knights Templar Rulebook Included No Pointy Shoes and No Kissing Mom
December 15, 2017

Their code of conduct was designed to keep the warrior-knights humble, chaste and—most of all—obedient. Read More

Medieval Times: Top Templar-Related Moments
December 6, 2017

Holy wars. Papal proclamations. Exiles and inquisitions. It was a busy time. Read More

The Delusion That Made Nobles Think Their Bodies Were Made of Glass
December 4, 2017

For centuries, people have had unusual fixations with new materials. Read More

Map: Top Templar Sites in Western Europe
November 27, 2017

These were special spots for the Brotherhood. Read More

The Disastrous Time Tens of Thousands of Children Tried to Start a Crusade
October 18, 2017

Kings and popes told them to go home—but they persisted. Read More

Why Arab Scholar Ibn Battuta is the Greatest Explorer of all Time
July 20, 2017

In the 14th century, the Moroccan wanderer Ibn Battuta spent nearly 30 years traveling some 75,000 miles across Africa, the Middle East, India and Southeast Asia. Read More

The 950-Year-Old Battle That Changed the Way You Talk
October 14, 2016

Find out how the Battle of Hastings forever changed England—and the English language. Read More

9 Things You Should Know About the Wars of the Roses
May 22, 2015

Explore nine key facts about the bloody feud that permanently altered the course of British history. Read More

Researchers Use Medieval Remedy to Kill Modern Superbug
April 1, 2015

British researchers report that a 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA. Read More

Scientists Blame Gerbils (Not Rats) for the Black Death
February 25, 2015

A new study clears the black rat of spreading the infamous Black Death from Asia across medieval Europe, and identifies gerbils as a more likely culprit. Read More