Representational image of Moors in Spain.   Source: Théodore Chassériau / Public domain
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 18:53

Al-Andalus is the name given to the Iberian Peninsula when it was under Muslim rule.

Long Before Face Masks, Islamic Healers Tried to Ward Off Disease With Talismans
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 06:00

Just as many now don face masks and do breathing exercises to protect against COVID-19 – despite debates around the science behind such practices – so too did the Islamic world turn to protective devices and rituals in premodern times of trouble.

Trials of Germany’s Impregnable Königstein Fortress
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 01:33

Due to its turbulent history, Germany has many impressive military fortresses. One of the best known and most spectacular is the Königstein Fortress, located in the free state of Saxony Switzerland and therefore also known as the ‘Saxon bastille’. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 01:24

The Fairy Queen is a famous mythological figure featuring in Irish and British folklore for at least 1000 years, who after Shakespeare's influence, was often named Titania or Mab. 

A Deadly Formula - Why Viking Weapons and Armor Were So Effective
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 23:07

Nothing continues to be so inspiring and thrilling from early medieval history such as the Viking Age. This exciting historical period turned the nations of Europe upside down, and ushered in a new, revolutionary age.

Human-Neanderthal fertility gene discovered in recent study. Source: Dimid / Adobe Stock.
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 18:47

Are you in the “one in three” group of European women with the special Neanderthal gene required for fewer pregnancy issues?