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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.

Swords, Kings, Knights and Warriors

Weapons with metal blades first came about as part of the "cutting edge technology" of the Bronze Age. Throughout Europe and Asia, men found...

Capital Crimes and Punishment – Medieval Execution Methods

Modern methods of execution have at times been referred to as "cruel and unusual punishment". This article reviews ancient and medieval execution methods. There...

Royal Authority in Visigothic Spain

The Visigoth Crown was dependent on the Spanish Church and the Visigoth Nobility for its Authority, a relationship that weakened the Crown and...

The Use of the Ass, Mule and Horse in Medieval Travel

Whether travelling singly, or in a group, the medieval traveller often used pack animals either to carry luggage, or to ride upon. The Ass as...

The Black Death and Vampires

The year was 1347 CE when the menace first entered the population. It crept in silently with the rats and no one was aware...

Dracula: The Black Death And The Origins Of The Vampire Legend

Vampires and vampire wannabes, as they are portrayed in contemporary culture and literature, are elegant creatures. They have it all: nice dental implants, great...

The Valkyries: Guides to Valhala

The concept of the Valkyrie in Norse mythology evolved over time. At first they were creepy spirits of death that hovered carrion-like over the...

Medieval Arts: Falconry

This came from a post that Douglas Trapp posted on my facebook group, Medieval Facts. Douglas is the Master Falconer at Medieval Times Dallas...

History of Easter Eggs

Easter eggs are ubiquitous this time of year, ranging from chocolate delicacies to hard-boiled coloured eggs. The history of this ancient symbol is...

Origins of April Fools Day

April Fools Day is known as a day for practical jokes and pranksters. The holiday dates back several centuries to the Middle Ages. For...
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