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The Word “Fuck” in History

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On September 14, 2015
News you can use: Paul Booth, a historian at Keele University in England, found three examples dating from 1310 and 1311 of a man known in legal documents as Roger Fuckebythenavel. Booth said he believes Roger was not the bearer of a very unfortunate family name, but rather it was given to him derogatorily. “This […]

Bermudo the Gouty

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On October 23, 2013

In what is extremely rare medieval history blogging, this list of unfortunately nicknamed medieval kings is pretty great. Below we have Alfonso the Slobberer And here’s Henry the Impotent

Freshmen

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On August 27, 2013

Freshmen in the 15th century had it rough: “Statute Forbidding Any One to Annoy or Unduly Injure the Freshmen. Each and every one attached to this university is forbidden to offend with insult,

Medieval Medical Experiments

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On April 20, 2013
Learning about the oldest existing dead body used for medical experiments does not make me feel any less queasy about medieval Europe, but it is most certainly quite interesting. I’m not going to put the image up though. It’s kind of disturbing. But radiocarbon dating put the specimen firmly in the 1200s, making it the […]

Crusades and Jihad

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On December 19, 2011

My friend Jay Rubenstein has been promoting his new book about the first Crusade with a series of pieces at HuffPo. His latest asks whether the Crusades or early Jihad was more violent. Not surprising

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