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Magical Healing in Tudor and Stuart England

The magical touch of a king was a real and practiced belief in Tudor and Stuart England. Whether or not it was effective is a completely different issue, but, the belief in wizards, charmers, and wise men was very much a tangible, practiced, and unmocked acceptance in Early Modern English society. In 1552, Bishop Latimer proved the significance of magic to healing in English society when he said, “when we be in trouble, or sickness, or lose anything, we run hither and thither to witches, or sorcerers, whom we call wise men… seeking aid and comfort at their hands.”[1] The village wizard was used interchangeably with ‘wise men’ in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries to identify “the tradit

A Crash Course on Korean History

After North Korea’s recent missile test, Defense Secretary James Mattis declared the nation now had the capability to hit “everywhere in the world,” demonstrating the rising tensions between the United States and North Korea. Due to this new political climate, it feels increasingly pertinent to examine the history of the peninsula and the two opposing nations. I am, of course, a Medievalist who specializes in Europe attempting to explain a modern conflict in East Asia, so you’ll have to bear with me at points; but I’ll do my very best to give Korea’s complex and intriguing history its due. Our first question, and a very important one, is what Korea was like before it split into North and Sou

Peer Review Episode 2 | The Editors on Misconceptions, Mismanagement, and Learnin' Yer Letters

If you haven't heard already - what, are living under an ahistorical rock or something? - Peer Review is the new history podcast produced by Janus. If we can stick to our plans, Peer Review will consist of a few different kinds of episodes, including discussions among the editors, crash courses in our favorite historical subjects, and Round Table segments in which specific historical topics will be discussed by a panel of esteemed University of Maryland faculty. This week's episode, similar to our first, is another editor discussion in which Aaron, Clay, and Charlotte talk about some of their favorite historical figures and Monday morning quarterback some poorly handled historical crises. Th

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