Making Gold Coins
If you're a renaissance re-enactor who craves realism, you're going to want coins or maybe even paper money. Knowing the type of coins your character would have carried and making replicas of them can be easier than you imagine--and we show you how.
The Art of Poisoning
We reveal the stealthy art of poisoning, and how during the Medieval and Renaissance eras in Europe poisoning became so widespread, especially among the nobility, that it was practically fashionable.
Gaelic Marriage Laws
In Gaelic Ireland, your husband being too fat to have sex was grounds for divorce. We discover this and many other curious marriage laws, such as how the husband was forbidden to go down to the village pub and blab about his sex life to his mates (instant divorce!).
Camlann Medieval Village
We travel just forty minutes east of Seattle to Camlann Medieval Village, a living history museum created to show visitors what life was like in England in the year 1376.
Medieval Home Brewers
In fourteenth-century England, a woman named Millicent King sold ale that she brewed herself. She did this for over thirty years, from 1317 to 1349. She was just one of numerous brewsters and brewers who lived throughout medieval England. Ale was the most common beverage consumed by the English of all walks of life and was brewed constantly.
The Siege of Malta
On the early morning of May 18, 1565, the church bells rang a dismal note of warning to the Maltese population as the lookouts on Forts St. Elmo and St. Angelo guarding Malta's Grand Harbor gave the alarm that the enemy was in sight. We visit the historic battlements that still stand in mute witness to the deadly siege.
Medieval Cave Churches and Monasteries of the Ihlara Valley
We spin the globe and journey east to the lunar landscape of Cappadocian Turkey, a former Roman province that was in medieval times a Byzantine hotbed of troglodytic religiosity upheld for centuries by monastic Christian communities seeking seclusion from the world.