The Chartres Cathedral’s great labyrinth

About 80 kilometers southwest of Paris stands the city of Chartres, one of whose main cultural attractions is its Gothic…

The High Court of Chivalry, a medieval institution still active in the United Kingdom

Heraldry is the science of the coat of arms, the “art of explaining and describing the coats of arms of…

The Great Taboo, the 240 square kilometer area sealed for eight centuries where the tomb of Genghis Khan is believed to be

The national literary work par excellence of Mongolia is the Secret History of the Mongols, of which the author is…

Battle on the Ice, the medieval battle fought on a frozen lake

If you haven’t already watched Sergei Eisenstein’s movie, Alexander Nevsky, I recommend that you look for it and watch it,…

How two Byzantine princesses scandalized Europe by using a fork

A few years ago I was invited to dinner by some Bengali friends and when we sat down what was…

The plan of Saint Gall, the largest known architectural drawing of the High Middle Ages that was never built

The abbey of Saint Gall ( Sankt Gallen in German) was founded in the year 613 in the town that…

Gutisko Razda, the language spoken by the Visigoths

Visigoths were a branch of the Goths, who in turn belonged to the East Germanic tribes that between 600 and…

The Missal of Silos, the oldest European book made of paper

Egyptians wrote on papyrus, a material made from the plant of the same name (Cyperus papyrus) that grows on the…

Christine de Pizan, the first professional female writer in the Late Middle Ages and a forerunner of feminism

The honor of being a pioneer, of paving the way to something, is usually much disputed. Today we are going…

Valknut, the Nordic symbol whose original meaning and name are unknown

Although today it is sadly famous for its appropriation and use by some supremacist groups, the truth is that Nordic…