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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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King John – the Tyrannical Ruler

  King John was the fourth and youngest legitimate son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. He was born on Christmas Eve 1167 at Beaumont Palace in Oxford, and was soon moved to the Abbey of Fontevrault in Anjou, … Continue reading

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The Last Days of King John

King John died on October 18 in 1216. Here’s my account of his final days, taken from my recent book. [For context: John was at this point engaged in a desperate war against his own barons, and their ally, Louis, … Continue reading

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From Dog Bites to Amputations: 14th century Surgery

Henri de Mondeville (c. 1260 – 1316) was the surgeon to two kings of France – Philip IV and Louis X. In 1312 he wrote Cyrurgia (Surgery), one of the first works of its kind from the Middle Ages. Based … Continue reading

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Unravelling a medieval murder mystery

In the ultimate cold case an Aberdeen historian has re-examined a 600 year old murder, fitting of a plot for Game of Thrones. Setting the scene On the evening of Friday 23 March 1375, the young nobleman William Cantilupe was … Continue reading

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The Truth Behind the Fiction: Two Brothers, Two Kings

When I began working on my Robin Hood series, I had to research the real characters in the story as well as the fictional. The two Kings most closely associated with the Robin Hood legend are King Richard I, also … Continue reading

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