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History

King Arthur is likely a myth, archaeological journal says

There is no hard evidence that such a monarch ever existed.

Why do so many national flags feature crosses?

And who would have known St. Ambrose was also a good flag designer?

New technology suggests women were involved in medieval manuscript making

The discovery challenges previous assumptions that medieval bookmaking was the work of monks alone.

Why didn’t medieval artists sign their work?

Signatures might be important, but they are not essential. Even today.

Who were the Magi, really?

Some early commentators suggest the magi were Persian, but others affirm they were Jews from Yemen.

The secret “priest holes” of England

In Queen Elizabeth I's time, being a Catholic priest was a crime punishable by death... Helping one was almost as bad.

Why do we wish people a “merry” Christmas?

A look at the history behind this turn of phrase.

The archaeological and historical evidence behind the birth of Christ

The biblical telling of the Nativity contains numerous historical references and descriptions of specific places and customs that match what we know of the time period.

The history of Christmas tree lights: From fire hazards to “festoons”

Christmas tree lights have evolved quite a bit over several centuries.

How poinsettias became the most popular potted Christmas plant

Poinsettias were associated with Christmas long before they were brought to the US from Mexico.

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