The Cult of Guinefort: An Unusual Saint
Who decides which holy people can be called saints? And what happens when a dog is declared a saint by the people of France? Michael R. Lynn explains the history of a most unusual saint.
Monks Behaving Badly
Sex. Embezzlement. Violent Crime. Devin Fitzgerald introduces you to some monks who behaved very badly while exploring whether Buddhist monks really deserved their bad reputation.
Celi De Monks: Crusaders or Reformers?
Secular pursuits including warfare and raiding among eighth century Irish monasteries led to a new sect of monks who were decidedly varied in their interpretation of monasticism.
We Are Shadows
It was a church, a synagogue, and a mosque. Join us as we look at this unique building and the changing neighborhood in which it was situated (Part I).
A Synagogue Becomes a Mosque
Discover the Londoners who transformed a nineteenth-century synagogue into a twentieth-century mosque in our three-part series (Part III).
East Meets West
Why do Western European Christians celebrate Easter on a completely different day from Eastern Orthodox Christians?
Confronting the Unthinkable
Nicolaas P. Barr Clingan journeys to Amsterdam to explores the complex and difficult history of the Netherlands' Jewish community.
Ireland's Other Saint
Why are so many Irish women named Brigid? Join us as we take at the history behind the stories associated with Ireland's other saint.
Men in Red
During his pontificate, the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church appoints bishops and priests to the College of Cardinals. The Cardinals, in turn, elect the next Pope.
Join UHP as we explore the history of this powerful institution.
"Charity will Judge"
Robert Burton believed that "We should ought not to be so rash and rigorous in our censures as some are." We explore early modern Europeans' deeply conflicted views about a taboo subject.
Down with the Veil
During the 1920s and 1930s, the USSR embarked on a campaign to liberate Central Asian Muslim women from the veil but women responded to the campaign in ways that surprised and confounded government officials.
The Roots of the Haggadah
It's been translated into Klingan, Lawyerese, Esperanto, and, yes, even Yiddish. Katja Vehlow explains the complex origins and meaning of the Haggadah.
A Church Becomes a Synagogue
It was the home of "The London Society for Promoting Christianity Amongst the Jews." But then it became a synagogue. Join as we continue our look at a unique building in London (Part II).
In 428, Pope Celestine I rebuked some of his priests for wearing "modern" clothing. Discover the history behind the singular vestments which reveal the Pope’s special status.
Saint or Sinner?
Pietro del Marrone traveled from humble monk to powerful Pope. Then it all fell apart. Victoria M. Lord traces the history of this simultaneously reviled and beloved figure.
We Were To Be Nothing!
Why is this woman weeping? What is the new religious doctrine she just learned about?
For a Piece of Mica
Why would a Jewish woman who was being deported take an object of little value? Robert Ehrenreich and Jane Klinger of the U.S. Holocaust Museum explore one of the strangest objects in the museum's collection.
Making Matzo for the Masses
Did assimilation begin in the kitchen? We dust off what most scholars believe was the earliest Jewish cookbook written in English.