Tag: Middle Ages
Gerbils caused Black Death, historians say
Millions of Europeans were killed by the plague, and history textbooks have long blamed rats. But new research suggests that gerbils were to blame. Can we ever be sure of historical facts?
So-called ‘heretics’ victims of greed, not religion
Eight hundred years ago, a nightmarish crusade burned and tortured its way across Southern France. Now, a new book suggests that the charge of heresy was simply a cover for grasping tyranny.
Bruce Forsyth knighted after life in entertainment
Much-loved gameshow host Bruce Forsyth was knighted this week after 70 years in the entertainment industry. But how does he compare to his chivalrous predecessors?