History Stories
CATEGORY: Middle Ages
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

New Richard III Mystery Comes to Light
December 3, 2014

In analyzing the newly found remains of Richard III, geneticists have uncovered evidence of adultery among at least one of his relatives. Read More

Probable Royal Pelvic Bone Found in Museum Storage
January 22, 2014

British researchers have uncovered what may be King Alfred the Great’s pelvic bone. Read More

Was Richard III Riddled With Roundworms?
September 4, 2013

Scientists have discovered evidence that the medieval monarch suffered from a parasitic infection. Read More

Richard the Lionheart’s Mummified Heart Gets a Forensic Workup
February 28, 2013

Researchers have conducted a biomedical analysis of King Richard I’s embalmed heart. Read More

Parking Lot Remains Confirmed to Belong to Richard III
February 4, 2013

DNA testing has confirmed that the remains found last fall under a parking lot in the English city of Leicester are those of Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England. Read More