Rodrigo Brincalepe Salvador, University of Tübingen The Kraken is perhaps the largest monster ever imagined by mankind. In Nordic folklore, it was said to haunt the seas from Norway through … Continue Reading The Real-Life Origins of the Legendary Kraken
Laura Sumrall, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Thirty children in Amsterdam began to show signs of a disturbing affliction in the winter of 1566. The symptoms would … Continue Reading Dealing With The Devil Has Long Been a Part of Medicine
Leah Tether, University of Bristol Type “Holy Grail” into Google and … well, you probably don’t need me to finish that sentence. The sheer multiplicity of what any search engine … Continue Reading What Exactly is the Holy Grail – and Why Has its Meaning Eluded Us For Centuries?
Rebecca Merkelbach, University of Cambridge “I’ve come to kill your monster!” exclaims Beowulf in the 2007 film version of the epic poem. But how do his suspicious Danish hosts know … Continue Reading Outlaws, Trolls and Berserkers: Meet the Hero-Monsters of the Icelandic Sagas
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University and Shushma Malik, The University of Queensland If asked to think of a single individual who epitomises the decadence, destruction and debauchery of Ancient Rome, the … Continue Reading Mythbusting Ancient Rome – The Emperor Nero
Caillan Davenport, Macquarie University and Shushma Malik, The University of Queensland We all know the phrase “all roads lead to Rome”. Today, it is used proverbially and has come to … Continue Reading Mythbusting Ancient Rome — Did All Roads Actually Lead There?
Tanika Koosmen, University of Newcastle The werewolf is a staple of supernatural fiction, whether it be film, television, or literature. You might think this snarling creature is a creation of … Continue Reading The Ancient Origins of Werewolves
Tom Murray, Macquarie University The mind needs monsters, as David Gilmore tells us in his classic 2003 text on the subject. But I’m not sure that I really needed mine. … Continue Reading From Dragons to Dreaming Serpents: Tracing the Cultural History of the Monstrous Lambton Worm
Of all the finds on History’s The Curse of Oak Island, perhaps none has sparked as much debate as the “lead cross” found during Season Five by detectorist Gary Drayton … Continue Reading Is The Famous Oak Island Lead Cross Really No Such Thing?
King Arthur is probably the best known of all British mythological figures. He is a character from deep time celebrated across the world in literature, art and film as a … Continue Reading Here Are The Five Ancient Britons Who Make Up The Myth of King Arthur