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Were the English Sweating Sickness and the Picardy Sweat Caused by Hantaviruses?

The English sweating sickness caused five devastating epidemics between 1485 and 1551, England was hit hardest, but on one occasion also mainland Europe, with mortality rates between 30% and 50%. The Picardy sweat emerged about 150 years after the English … Continue reading

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The English Sweating Sickness

In doing some research on Mary Boleyn for an article, I learned that Mary’s first husband William Carey died of the “sweating sickness” or the “English Sweate” in England in the summer of 1528. Thought I would look into this … Continue reading

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A Guide to the The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry is one of the most well known and interesting pieces of artwork from the Middle Ages. In the feature, we will take you into what you need to know about the Bayeux Tapestry. BY MEDIEVALISTS.NET The tapestry is … Continue reading

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William of Normandy’s Claim to the English throne: Examining the Evidence

William of Normandy’s Claim to the English throne: Examining the Evidence William of Normandy had no legal claim to the English throne. Edward’s deathbed bequeathal of the kingdom to Harold Godwineson superseded his earlier promise to William, the primary cause … Continue reading

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Ritual, Behaviour and Symbolic Communication in the dispute between Thomas Becket and King Henry II

Thomas Becket and Henry II have been in the news lately after a mention during the Comey testimony (read more: Why did James Comey say, ‘Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?’)   Introduction: Historians looking at ritual and … Continue reading

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Joan of Arc through the Ages: In Art and Imagination

Introduction: Since her death at the hands of the English in 1431, Joan of Arc has inspired and puzzled millions. The poor peasant girl who rallied the French to victory at Orléans has fuelled the imagination of artists, authors, poets, and … Continue reading

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Top 10 Strangest Deaths in the Middle Ages

  You may have heard how medieval rulers have been killed in battle or died from an assassin’s blade. But did you know about the king who died from uncontrollable laughing or the emperor who was dragged 16 miles through … Continue reading

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