Did You Know… Trial by Ordeal

Did you know that the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick II (1194-1250 AD), was the first king to outlaw Trial by Ordeal as he thought they were nonsensical. Trial by Ordeal was a test administered to an accused party in the middle ages by a Court of Law to measure the innocence of the accused. It [...]


The Worlds Oldest Forest

The "Trembling Giant" also known as Pando is a colony of over 40,000 quaking aspen trees in Fishlake National Forest in Utah which are thought to be about 80,000 years old. Not only is it the worlds oldest forest but Pando is also the worlds largest living single organism due to the fact that it [...]

Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (Llywelyn the Last) 1223-1282 AD

Welsh Prince Llywelyn ap Gruffudd is this weeks Monarch, so what makes him so interesting? 1- Llywelyn ap Gruffudd was born the second son of Llywelyn ap Iorwerth , Prince of Gwynedd, and Senana Ferch Caradog and is the last sovereign prince of Wales before King Edward III of England conquered the country. His father [...]


Princess Joanna of Portugal 1452-1490

This week Princess Joanna of Portugal features as the royal for Monarch Monday. 1) Joan was born to King Afonso V of Portugal and Queen Isabella of Coimbra on February 6 1452. When her older brother died she was made the Heir Presumptive instead of Infanta (princess), however, when her younger brother, John II, was [...]


Mythbusters explain the Trebuchet

In this video Adam from Mythbusters explains how the medieval siege machine, the Trebuchet, operates.  


Did You Know…Gilles de Rais, child Serial Killer

Did you know... on September 15 1440 Gilles de Montmorency-Laval, Baron de Rais, was taken into custody  along with two of his bodyservents for the murder of anywhere up to 400 children over the course of nine years. He was convicted of the murders using the testimonies of witnesses and the uncovered bodies of some [...]


Why is the Alphabet in ABC Order?

Curiosity.com examines why the alphabet is in its current ABC order in their article, Why is the alphabet in ABC order?