Studying 13th-century work habits reveals a surprising contrast with American workers of today

Incredible as it may sound, the average modern American puts in longer hours at his or her work than the average medieval peasant.

While many people feel pressure to work long hours, even the hardest-hit victims of the “gigs economy” might assume that at least they don’t work as hard…

What caused Elizabeth I’s death and why didn’t she leave a will?

On Wednesday, March 18, 1603, as the defeated Hugh O’Neill, rebel leader, made his preparations to surrender in Ireland, Queen Elizabeth, victorious monarch, resided with her court at the Palace of Richmond. …

The Yūrei and other figures possess a special emotional quality

When I was writing my novella The Ghost of Madison Avenue, I wanted to come up with ideas beyond the usual “Boo!” I wondered about creating something besides a story of the undead spirit hiding in the attic.

Don’t get me wrong. I love a classic ghost story like Henry…

The star suddenly died just as he was finding fame in America

On July 20th, 1973, Bruce Lee, 32 years old, was one of the most revered martial arts practitioners in the world, a student of philosophy, and a charismatic actor whose hotly anticipated film Enter the Dragon was a month away from release.

This was also Bruce Lee’s last day alive.

Nancy Bilyeau

Passionate about history, pop culture, the perfect bagel. Author of 5 historical novels. Latest book: ‘Dreamland’

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