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History

Why are complex things called “byzantine”?

The name of a glorious empire has been reduced to a negative connotation.

The “devil’s chord”: A forbidden medieval musical sequence

If you thought Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was spooky, think again.

The spookiest music for Halloween: “Danse Macabre”

The "Danse Macabre" is a late Middle Ages notion that helped shape the Halloween we know today.

Why do Franciscan friars wear brown?

A look at how the classic brown robes of the Franciscans came to be.

Christopher Columbus’ religious side was key to his accomplishments

Explorer sought faster route to the Indies because he believed the End Times were coming.

How a circus sideshow led to saving the lives of millions of babies

The unlikely story of how the incubator became the standard of care for premature infants.

Coffee was “Satan’s brew” before Pope Clement VIII baptized it

The fascinating story of how coffee made its way to the West.

Stunner: Dramatic history of a Catholic parish in Civil War

What a film could be made of this historical report!

13 Marvelous Marys throughout history

Take inspiration from these wonderful women who've inspired many.