Getting Medieval

April 6, 2014

Another season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" is beginning, and the History Channel's "Vikings" is racking up ratings. Why are we so interested in the Middle Ages?

  1. Just How Heavy Was That Armor?

    Take a look at any portrayal of the Dark Ages and you might come away believing it was a gruesome and violent time, but is that historically true?

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  2. Get Your Medieval On!

    Some people people prefer their medieval adventures up close and personal. Producer Aubrey Ralph takes inside one of those groups.

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  3. Geoffrey Chaucer, Detective

    Medievalist Bruce Holsinger writes historical fiction starring some names familiar to English majors -- Geoffrey Chaucer and John Gower.  They were poets but in Holsinger's novels they also deal in secrets.

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  4. Meet a Medieval Warrior-Girl: Nicola Griffith's "Hild"

    Nicola Griffith set her award-winning historical novel, "Hild," in seventh-century Britain. It's based on the real life of the fierce young girl who eventually became one of the most powerful women of her day -- St. Hilda of Whitby.

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  5. George R. R. Martin Tells Us Why We're Addicted to Historical Fantasy

    What's behind the popularity of historical fantasy?  George R. R. Martin, father of "Game of Thrones" has a theory.

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  6. BookMark: Nick Bantock

    Nick Bantock bookmarks "The Fencing Master" by Arturo Perez-Reverte.

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  7. On Our Minds: Karen Joy Fowler

    Karen Joy Fowler won the PEN/Faulkner Award for best fiction for her novel "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves." Based on a true story, it’s the remarkable tale of two girls raised as sisters, until one is removed from the family. The twist is that one sister is a chimpanzee.

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