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Middle Ages Come to Ripley for the Weekend

The Middle Ages came to West Virginia over the weekend. Full story

Ken Follett on new book, his writing process

   International best-selling author Ken Follett talks to msnbc's Willie Geist and Mike Barnicle about his new book and his writing process.

Ukrainians take part in all-night Medieval festival

   Drinking Mead and dressed in traditional garb, Ukrainians take part in a Medieval festival.

The Trial of Amanda Knox

A bright young American set off to find adventure overseas. Instead, Amanda Knox found herself in an Italian prison — and at the center of a notorious case of murder. Find out what verdict the jury had in store for her in the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. Full story

Skeleton shows earliest evidence of leprosy

Leprosy is one of mankind's most ancient scourges, mentioned in writing from ancient India to the Bible to the Middle Ages. Now researchers have uncovered what they say is the oldest case of the disease yet found. Full story

'Vampire' skull discovered in Italy

   March 10: Officials uncover the body of a woman buried with a brick in her mouth, a common practice for those believed to be vampires in the middle ages. Msnbc.com's Dara Brown reports.

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