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Medieval

A new interactive, illustrated digital companion to Dante’s Inferno is now available online

And it’s the stuff nerds’ dreams (and maybe sinners' nightmares) are made of.

Why are there labyrinths in some cathedrals?

It's not a New Age fad, that's for sure. They've been around since the 4th century.

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.

5 Medieval Christmas traditions you haven’t heard of

In the Middle Ages carolers were viewed as troublesome pests ...

How was stained glass made in the Middle Ages?

A medieval recipe for the spectacularly colored and painted windows that decorated churches built between the 10th and 16th centuries.

This incredibly tiny book from the Middle Ages will amaze you

The minuscule psalter of Bishop Rupert dates back to the 9th century -- did they have bifocals then?

The surprisingly sophisticated diet of a medieval monk

14th-century recipes from a Benedictine monastery reveal a taste for rich, spicy food.

This medieval map melds Greek myths with biblical passages

The Mappa Mundi attempts to pin down locations of the unattainable and the grotesque.

Astronauts, gremlins, ice cream cones: These are not the gargoyles you were expecting

Sometimes restoration projects include unexpected novelties.

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