Joan Vos MacDonald
Joined: Apr 18, 2016
Joan Vos MacDonald is a journalist and an author.
When Mongol Queens Ruled the Silk Road
15 Female Mathematicians Whose Accomplishments Add Up
10 Dubious Victorian Cures From the First Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
John Tradescant, Royal Gardener and Forefather of the Natural History Museum
He created a "world of wonders in one closet shut."
In 16th Century England, Bowling Was Only Legal on Christmas Day
Bowling hasn't always had a wholesome reputation.
6 Chefs Who Died in the Line of Duty
Dedication to culinary excellence can be deadly.
Fake It Until You Make It: 10 Artificial Ruins
In the 18th and 19th centuries, counterfeit ruins were all the rage on grand estates.
6 East Coast Castles to Visit for a Fairy Tale Road Trip
Looking for an unusual summer road trip idea? Try this magical itinerary.
How Cross-Dressing Helped Send Joan of Arc to the Stake
One of the most damaging charges against Joan of Arc had to do with her clothes, which eventually turned into part of her legend.
6 Times Sumptuary Laws Told People What To Wear
Getting dressed used to be even more difficult.
Hypatia, Scholar and Teacher of Ancient Alexandria
She was one of the last great thinkers of ancient Alexandria—before she was brutally murdered.
How 10 Pieces of Furniture Got Their Names
Why is your favorite place to relax called a couch?
Korea’s Jeju Stone Museum Pays Tribute to an Ancient Goddess
For the residents of Jeju Island, south of the Korean mainland, stones aren't just objects—they tell the story of the island's creation.
Maria Sibylla Merian, Naturalist and Illustrator Who Changed How We See Insects
She was among the first to depict insects interacting with the natural world.
Henry Bergh, Founder of the ASPCA
In his day, treating animals humanely was a revolutionary concept.