Become an Alchemist
Looking for a new identity? We show you how to transform yourself into an alchemist. The student, the scholar, the prince, and the gold digger are all exciting possibilities. We've got the lingo too, so you can both walk the walk and talk the talk. We can't promise that you'll be able to turn lead into gold, though--you'll hae to figure that out on your own.
Coffee Comes to the West
Didst thou know that the originis of coffee hae roots in the Sufi tradition of South Arabia, and that the patron saint redited with introducing offee to the world was an obscure medieval mystic from Ethiopia? We reveal the sources of our favorite morning pick-me-up, as well as ancient coffeehouses and coffee grinders.
Dante and Rodin
During a politically nightmarish period in his life, Dante Alighieri wrote a poem about a voyage to hell. Active in tumultuous Florentine politics, he was eventually exiled. Five hundred years later, the renowned sculptor Auguste Rodin created the "Inferno" from Dante's Poem. We visit the Musee Rodin to view a cast of the breathtaking bronze door.
Medieval Festival at Herstmonceux Castle
We visit the stupendous Medieval Festival, presented during England's annual August Bank Holiday weekend in the expansive fields and forested grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, a towering brick monolith complete with its own moat and multi-colored flowering Elizabethan garden.
Early Days with the Sarasota Medieval Fair
Our exclusive interview with Steve Patmagrian, actor and stage combat expert with the Sarasota Medieval Fair when it came into being in the late 1970's. Relive those heady years, with a special focus on the Human Chess Match.
We meet some of the most famous lovers in medieval and early renaissance history including Tristan and Isolde, El Cid and Xiamen (Jimena), Robert Guiscard nd Sichelgait, William of Normandy and Matilda, Henry Plantegenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine, Ferdinand and isabella, Dante and Beatrice, and many more.