Examining the 18th-century social contract of Captain Bartholomew Roberts and his men shows just how organized and codified pirate societies could be.
The Book of Stones, a central alchemical text, contained formulae with the power to create living tissue from ordinary matter, supposedly.
Centuries before the computer, whimsical automata pushed the uncanny boundary between human and machine.
Healing ceremonies showed that monarchs ruled by God’s will, as divine power worked through anointed hands.
Fancies breed strange children.
Staying at inns allowed Washington to examine the state of the infrastructure for traveling in the new federal Republic. The only problem was, he hated it.
The door to spring is guarded by fools, but that's ok, because they're not all that serious. And everybody knows the password: April Fools!
King Charles VI of France was the most exalted representative of a rash of "Glass Men," who appeared throughout Europe between the 15th and 17th centuries.
The colonial Dutch tradition of making social calls on New Year's Day in New York was no match for 19th-century-style partying.
One historian reconstructs what nighttime was like in early modern Europe, and how the darkness affected people's sleep patterns.