10 Bizarre Legal Cases From Medieval Europe

10 Bizarre Legal Cases From Medieval Europe

Weird Stuff Tristan ShawAugust 3, 2017 By modern standards, legal systems in medieval Europe were unfair and weak. Trials by ordeal, in which an accused person had to prove their innocence by winning a contest of some sort, were considered...
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10 Royal Murders That Shocked Medieval Europe

Crime Alex Hanton January 28, 2017 These days, Europe’s kings and queens are cozy anachronisms, trotted out on ceremonial occasions and largely ignored for the rest of the year. But for 1,000 years, the royal families of Europe murdered and...
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10 Sex Scandals That Shocked Medieval Europe

History Alex Hanton November 22, 2016 Medieval Europe was theoretically pretty conservative on sex. One 13th-century bishop even put out a list ranking the five known sexual positions from least to most sinful. (If you’re curious: missionary, side-by-side, s...
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10 Notorious Rogues Who Terrorized Medieval Europe

History Alex Hanton November 19, 2016 We tend to think of the Middle Ages as a lawless time when desperate outlaws roamed the land. While that’s not totally fair, it is true that law and order often broke down. This...
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10 Daring Assassinations That Shocked Medieval Europe

History Alex Hanton November 1, 2016 Medieval Europe was a violent place where ruthless kings ruled with iron fists. Assassinations were an easy way of removing a tyrant or political enemy, and they were often carried out with shocking brutality....
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10 Bizarre Heretics Who Shocked Medieval Europe

Religion Alex Hanton October 24, 2016 We picture Europe before the Protestant Reformation as a faithfully Catholic land, although some historians joke that this is because monks were writing the records at the time. In fact, heretics flourished throughout medi...
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10 Bizarre Paranormal Encounters From Old Europe

Weird Stuff Tristan Shaw September 12, 2016 Before the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century, people in Europe believed in demons, ghosts, witches, vampires, and more. Even some educated people, like judges and priests, took the paranormal seriously. They.....
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