MEDIEVAL HISTORY

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Why the Oldest Operating Street in Cairo Is a Secret Historical Gem

Al-Muizz Street has the largest collection of medieval architecture in the Islamic world, but most people don’t know it exists.
True Stories

The Confucian Scholar Who Tamed Genghis Khan

This 13th-century adviser faced down a brutal tyrant and helped shape modern Chinese government.
True Stories

What the Ancients Can Teach Us About How to Remember

Ancient mnemonic techniques once shaped the world and how people learned.
True Stories

How the World Nearly Lost Its Real-Life King’s Landing

This Serbian attack almost destroyed King’s Landing, aka Dubrovnik, decades before Game of Thrones.
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The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.
True Stories

Why the Devil Plays the Fiddle

According to medieval legend, Satan selected the violin as an unholy weapon for enticing people to dance … straight into hell.
True Stories

When Romania's Ruler Went Medieval on the Ottomans

Bloodthirsty warlord, Romanian national hero or vampire, Vlad III cuts an enduring figure in legend and popular culture.
Around the World

The Hidden History of Scandinavia's Love of Cardamom

Northern Europe may have an obscure monk to thank for its favorite holiday food.
True Stories

The Islamic Pirate Queen

When Christians turfed Muslims out of Spain, they gave rise to a badass Islamic queen.
True Stories

The Story of Europe's First Muslim Ruler

The 800-year Muslim rule of Spain and Portugal shows that Europe is no stranger to Islam.
True Stories

Jesuits, the World's First Diplomats

International relations got a heavenly push from well-educated Jesuits.
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The Weekender

OZY Tribe members near and far provide delicious recommendations for your valuable weekend time.
True Stories

Mass Psychogenic Illness: From Dancing Plagues to Meowing Nuns

This bizarre psychological phenomenon explains historical cases of supposed devil possession and much more.
True Stories

Genghis Khan — The Father of Globalization?

His Mongol armies are usually portrayed as murderous conquerors.

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