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The History of the Werewolf Legend

  Werewolves, also known as lycanthropes, are legendary shape-shifting humans. As the name suggests, the shape these creatures take on is that of a wolf. The history of the werewolf legend has sprung up independently or spread to virtually every … Continue reading

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The Original ‘Nightmare’ Was a Demon That Sat on Your Chest and Suffocated You

Maere, mara, mahr, mahrt, mårt—by any name, it was and still is a terrifying visitor. The Nightmare, Henry Fuseli, 1781. JOHN HENRY FUSELI NIGHTMARES, AS WE USE THE word today, are vivid, personal terrors whipped up by a person’s subconscious just … Continue reading

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When Tomatoes Were Blamed For Witchcraft and Werewolves

People have feared tomatoes for 600 years. An illustration of tomatoes from an 1893 catalogue of seeds. BIODIVERSITY HERITAGE LIBRARY/CC BY 2.0 NO OTHER VEGETABLE HAS BEEN as maligned as the tomato (and it is a vegetable, by order of … Continue reading

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The Legend of King Arthur Through the Ages

The legend of King Arthur is one that has captured the attention of the public throughout centuries. Each interpretation and reimaging of the legend reflects the time the author lived in. By tracing the Arthurian myth throughout centuries, the myths … Continue reading

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A little touch of Branagh: Henry V

  Abstract: Taking as a starting point the illuminating similarity between the critical reception of Kenneth Branagh’s film of Henry V (1989) and the liberal humanist reading of the Shakespearean play-text, this article highlights a series of significant stress-points in the … Continue reading

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Reflections on Our Fascination with Vikings and What It Tells Us about How We Engage with the Past

Reflections on Our Fascination with Vikings and What It Tells Us about How We Engage with the Past I have always been fascinated with the more distant past. The present or even recent past has never interested me much – … Continue reading

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260,000 digitized images of Jewish art and artifacts now online

The Hebrew University’s Center for Jewish Art has launched the world’s largest index of Jewish Art, a collection of more than 260,000 digitized images of Jewish objects and artifacts from all over the world. The Index preserves the rich artistic … Continue reading

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