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The Middle Ages covers an enormous period ranging from the Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity in 313 C.E., through the early medieval period known as the Dark Ages, to Martin Luther's launching of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. Battles and tournaments, feasts and festivals are all here, making up an exciting picture of the era we know as the Middle Ages.

Could Anthrax Have Caused The Black Death?

While most people believe that the Bubonic Plague was the cause of the Black Death, there is some evidence that Anthrax might have...

Historic Torture Devices Used to Elicit Confessions

Around the 12th or 13th centuries drawing out confessions of those accused of witchcraft, people who were thought to be heretics, or individuals believed...

Town Government in the Middle Ages

Townspeople in medieval times had the privilege of being able to run their own affairs via the town council, through a royal charter...

Curious Tales of Animals Condemned within Court Proceedings

Throughout history, countless individuals were legally persecuted for acts of heresy, deeds of witchcraft, or other similar unholy activities. Surprisingly, the historical justice system...

The 14th Century Military Revolution

The nature of warfare changed in the 14th C as battles moved from being won by knights, to being won by the effective...

The Viking Expansion

Historians have theorized a number of factors contributing to the Viking expansion from the 8th to 11th centuries. Most historians place the onset of...

WIlliam Marshal, the Greatest Knight

William Marshal has been described as the greatest knight to have lived. His success on the field of battle and tournament is legendary. Many...

The Florence Baptistery

No building in Florence is nearly as iconic as the Baptistery of St. John, located in both the Piazza del Duomo and the Piazza...

Real-Life Origins of Vampire Myths

Before Twilight, before Dracula, vampires were common in folklore. Many of the traits known today are based on true stories of the supposed...

The Parish Church in Medieval Times

The medieval church was as much a part of the community as the market or baker’s shop. For those who practised Christianity, the church...
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