Why did Victorian-era gravestones include so many images of clasped hands?
Besides the infamous Number Nine, that is.
Three states have legalized covenant marriage, which makes divorce difficult. Why didn't it stick among communities preoccupied with family values?
Why did Pope Stephen VI go to such great lengths to destroy an enemy who was already dead?
The terrifying and gruesome rituals of the Flayed God had a symbolic subtext that was somewhat gentler than one might imagine.
Billy Sunday was a charismatic preacher who brought in thousands to his vaudeville-inspired church services.
Buddhism was embraced by the Beats of 1950s America. But some Buddhists felt these converts were engaging with the practice in a shallow way.
New books and scholarship from Oxford University Press, Princeton University Press, and the University Press of Colorado.
Medieval monks used labor-saving innovations like the mill not to increase productivity, but to free up more time for what they wanted to do.
The St. Cuthbert Gospel is the earliest surviving intact European book. Some time around 698, it was slipped into the coffin of a saint.