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Category: Middle Ages

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700-Year-Old Skeletons Found Holding Hands

Archeologists excavating the Chapel of St. Morrell in England have uncovered a pair of skeletons that have been holding hands for the past 700 years.

The goblet of the Infanta Dona Urrace in Spain's Basilica of San Isidro (Credit: Getty Images)

Is the Quest for the Holy Grail Over?

A pair of historians claim they have discovered the elusive Holy Grail inside a Spanish basilica.

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Perforated Skulls From Middle Ages Found in Spain

Two skulls belonging to individuals who underwent the ancient form of surgery known as trepanation have been unearthed in Spain.

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Joan of Arc

To commemorate Joan of Arc’s 600th birthday, explore some facts about the legendary “Maid of Orléans” that might come as a surprise.

Black Death Genome

Is the Black Death the Ancestor of All Modern Plagues?

Scientists have sequenced the genome of the bug responsible for the Black Death, which killed up to half of Europe’s population in the mid-14th century.

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Can We Stop Blaming Rats for the Black Death?

A new study suggests that humans, not vermin, spread the Black Death, and that the disease may not have been bubonic plague after all.

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Who Were the Knights Templar?

Get the facts on the mysterious medieval order known as the Knights Templar, which was dissolved 700 years ago but has recently made news headlines.

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In Shining Armor, Medieval Knights May Not Have Shone

Heavy armor may have been medieval knights’ worst enemy, according to new research.

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They’re Back: A Bed Bug History

Many American cities are plagued by the worldwide resurgence of bed bugs, pesky critters with a history that dates back to ancient times.