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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.

Christmas Season in Dark Ages and Medieval Time

Developing from Celtic and Roman times, through the Dark and into the Middle Ages, or Medieval time, the Christmas season was celebrated from Hallow's...

Macbeth and Duncan, History not Myth

Macbeth (c1005-1057) was the son of Finlaich, Mormaer of Moray, a sub-kingship he later inherited. Today Moray is a tiny if rich county. Then...

The Byzantine Empire

Constantinople was the old Roman Empire’s eastern capital and it was built on the Byzantium’s Greek port. When the western part of the Roman...

Saint Boniface and the Heretics: Heresy in the 8th century

During the synod of 25 October 745, Pope Zacharias received a letter from Saint Boniface, discussing two heretics he had discovered in Germany, and...

Round Churches and Bornholm

Round churches are not unique to Bornholm or Denmark but exist in various locations throughout Europe. In fact, there are about twenty-two round churches...

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...

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...

Medieval Church Corruption

Cycles of Medieval church corruption coincided with the growth of strong secular rulers and were only tempered by the appearance of reformist popes and...

Strabos Garden: a Place of Beauty, Utility and Prayer

In the the early ninth century a young monk took the small boat that ferried passengers across to Reichenau Island in Lake Constance. His...

Saints: Holy People of the Middle Ages

There are Christian saints (sancti), Jewish saints (hasidim) and Muslim saints (awliya’ Allah–Friends of God). Sainthood in Biblical religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) is...
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