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  • Medieval Cheater’s Dice With Double Fours and Fives Found in Norway

    04/16/2018 4:30:29 AM PDT · by BBell · 8 replies
    https://gizmodo.com ^ | George Dvorsky
    Six-sided dice date back nearly 5,000 years to ancient Persia, so finding 600-year-old dice in Norway isn’t anything special. But this recently discovered dice—with its conspicuously absent one-side and two-side—is unique, pointing to some Medieval-era shenanigans. This cheater’s dice was discovered at a dig in Bergen, Norway by archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU). The researchers are currently excavating the remains of a wooden street from the medieval Vågsbunnen district, which dates back to the 15th century. Back then, it was a densely populated area, filled with pubs and inns. It’s very likely that games—particularly those...
  • Medieval Studies scholars deem field too white

    08/16/2017 9:40:14 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 17 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 08/15/2017 | Kathryn Hinderaker
    ‘The Unbearable Whiteness of Medieval Studies’ A growing concern among Medieval Studies scholars is that the field is too dominated by white, male scholars who appreciate its link to Christian values and the fact that it’s been somewhat resistant to identity politics changes seen in other humanities departments. The issue has been compounded by the concern among Medieval Studies scholars that white supremacists and the alt-right have co-opted crusade themes in memes to push for violence against Muslims and people of color. Currently some scholars are planning a “Crusades and Alt Right” symposium this October to discuss the issue, an...
  • Medieval Fight Club Brings Dozens to Brunswick Park

    05/11/2017 9:42:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Fox8 ^ | MAY 10, 2017, | Todd Meany
    For nearly five decades, battle-ready warriors have been roaming Northeast Ohio. They fight for honor, glory and a little Sunday exercise. It's called Dagorhir, a live battle, role-playing game based loosely on "The Lord of the Rings." On a Sunday at Plum Creek Park in Brunswick, nearly 100 fighters gather with polearms, clubs and shields. All the weapons are padded with foam and inspected for safety. Medics are on site, in case someone really gets hurt. There are plenty of other rules, and colors and numbers represent how much damage is done. Red means a person can be taken out...
  • Don't Diss the Dark Ages

    10/28/2016 8:01:09 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 25 October 2016 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Once dissed as The Dark Ages, the Medieval Era is more properly viewed as a successful adaptation to the challenges of the post-Western Roman Empire era. The decline of the Western Roman Empire was the result of a constellation of challenges, including (but not limited to) massive new incursions of powerful Germanic tribes, a widening chasm between the Western and the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantium), plague, an onerous tax burden on the non-elite classes, weak leadership, the dominance of a self-serving elite (sound familiar?) and last but not least, the expansion of an unproductive rabble in Rome that had to...
  • Medieval America

    10/13/2016 6:24:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Pessimists often compare today's troubled America to a tottering late Rome or an insolvent and descending British Empire. But medieval Europe (roughly A.D. 500 to 1450) is the more apt comparison. The medieval world was a nearly 1,000-year period of spectacular, if haphazard, human achievement -- along with endemic insecurity, superstition and two, rather than three, classes. The great medieval universities -- at Bologna, Paris and Oxford -- continued to make strides in science. They were not unlike the medical and engineering schools at Harvard and Stanford. But they were not centers of free thinking. Instead, medieval speech codes were...
  • Blood on the Lotus: A history of Christian persecution in Japan

    09/08/2016 5:05:42 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 4 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | Brian Ball
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qVqkUNJYS_E This is the history of persecution during Japan's medieval period during and following the Sengokujedai(Age of the country at war)period and during the Tokagowa shogunate. Also features segments on the Shinabara Christian rebellion, St Francis Xavier and The shoguns of Japan. In additon, an epic recreation of the Shimabara rebellion using Shogun 2 Total war, the battle of the last stand of persecuted Christian Samurai. WARNING! CONTAINS VIOLENT BATTLE SCENES AND SCENES OF CHRISTIANS BEING ASSASSINATED AND TORTURED TO DEATH! VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED! SIGN IN ON YT TO VIEW VIDEO!
  • 'Sistine Chapel of the Early Middle Ages' buried for a millenium by an earthquake reopens

    03/23/2016 9:35:07 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 14 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | March 23, 2016 | Nick Squires,
    A 1,500-year-old church which was buried under debris from an earthquake for more than a millennium has reopened to the public after a painstaking restoration of some of the world’s earliest Christian art. The sixth-century church of Santa Maria Antiqua is located in the ancient Roman Forum, at the bottom of the Palatine Hill, where Roman emperors lived for centuries in sumptuous palaces.
  • After Paris Attacks, a Political Leader Wants to Bring Back This Medieval Execution for Jihadists

    11/22/2015 11:17:17 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 131 replies
    Independent Journal ^ | November 21, 2015 | JUSTEN CHARTERS
    After Paris Attacks, a Political Leader Wants to Bring Back This Medieval Execution for Jihadists The terrorist attacks in Paris have prompted one political leader to call for turning back the clock to more medieval forms of execution. The leader, Jean Marie Le Pen, who founded France's most popular far-right party, doesn't think that current solutions to fight terrorism are panning out for his countrymen. Newsweek reported on what Le Pen suggests they do instead: The founder of France's far-right National Front (FN) Jean Marie Le Pen urged France to reinstate the death penalty and commit convicted terrorists to the...
  • The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death

    10/09/2015 5:00:58 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 23 replies
    Quanta Magazine ^ | 10/6/15 | Carrie Arnold
    The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death Only a few genetic changes were enough to turn an ordinary stomach bug into the bacteria responsible for the plague. Pieter Bruegel the ElderThe Triumph of Death (1562), by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. By: Carrie ArnoldOctober 6, 2015 Comments (1) Download PDF Print Each year, 4 million people visit Yosemite National Park in California. Most bring back photos, postcards and an occasional sunburn. But two unlucky visitors this summer got a very different souvenir. They got the plague.This quintessential medieval disease, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and transmitted most often by fleabites,...
  • Apparently, Medieval-Themed Video Games ‘Legitimize’ ‘White Supremacy’

    07/23/2015 7:24:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 64 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 22, 2015 | Katherine Tempf
    If you like playing medieval-themed video games, you might not be just some harmless nerd — you might be a nerd who is also kind of a white supremacist. At least that’s the opinion of Victoria Cooper, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Leeds in England, who presented a paper titled “Playing Politics: Exploring Nationalism and Conservatism in Fantasy Video Games” at the International Medieval Congress earlier this month. “The Middle Ages is a space where white supremacy is legitimized,” Cooper said, according to an article on Medievalists.net. “The maintenance of white privilege. The gamer community use ‘historical facts’...
  • A medieval prayer wheel surfaces, but how it was used is anyone’s guess

    05/04/2015 1:54:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Crux Now ^ | May 3, 2015 | David Van Bieman
    NEW YORK — The directions, if a little stilted, look familiar: “The Order Of The Diagram Written Here Teaches The Return Home.”Think Parcheesi or Sorry.But then think again. The board is not cardboard or plastic; it’s 1,035-year-old vellum. And there are no dice — just prayers.Care to play?In April, Manhattan’s Les Enluminures Gallery, a dealer in medieval manuscripts, put a book on sale with a first page so rare that only five of its kind are known to exist. In fact, the book itself is rare, with a massive ancient carved-oak cover and sturdy clasps of worked copper. Dating back...
  • How Dark Were the Dark Ages? (Video)

    02/05/2015 10:40:09 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 61 replies
    Prager University ^ | 26 Jan 2015 | Anthony Esolen
    Were the Middle Ages, also known as the Dark Ages, characterized by oppression, ignorance, and backwardness in areas like human rights, science, health, and the arts? Or were they marked by progress and tolerance? Anthony Esolen, an English Literature professor at Providence College, explains.
  • The mystery of the magical 'Ulfberht' Viking sword - Researchers close in on the German 'supermonks'

    12/18/2014 6:55:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 43 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 18, 2014 | Mark Prigg
    It was the sword of choice for the discerning Viking - superstrong, and almost unbeatable in battle. Yet mystery surrounds a small number of Viking swords researchers have uncovered. They are all inscribed with a single word - 'Ulfberht', which experts believe may reveal their maker.
  • Turin Shroud Was Made For Medieval Easter Ritual, Historian Says

    10/23/2014 8:22:07 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 72 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | October 23, 2014 | Charlotte Higgins
    Turin Shroud Was Made For Medieval Easter Ritual, Historian Says Charles Freeman believes relic venerated as Jesus Christ’s burial cloth dates from 14th century and was used as a prop Charlotte Higgins 23 October 2014. The Turin shroud, revered by some as the burial cloth of Jesus, dates from the middle ages, historian says. Photograph: Antonio Calanni/AP When it is exhibited next year in Turin, for the first time in five years, 2 million people are expected to pour into the city to venerate a four-metre length of woven cloth as the shroud in which Jesus Christ was wrapped after...
  • Medieval Golden Age, Modern Barbarism (Islam more civilized 800 years ago)

    10/22/2014 6:05:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 61 replies
    First Things ^ | ct 20, 2014 | Andrew Doran
    [Medieval Islamic astronomers predict eclipse of the moon] Earlier this year, as conflict raged in northern Syria, two professors, one Lebanese and the other American, both from elite universities in the Washington, D.C. area, passed the long night at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, drinking tea. They pondered the weighty issues of the region: whether the nation-state paradigm was the residue of colonialism or a reality to which nations of the Middle East must conform; American military engagement and its consequences; and, of course, the sources of violent extremism. At one point, the Lebanese professor lamented, “These...
  • Colonial Crimes and Punishments

    08/10/2014 8:39:02 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 3 replies
    Colonial Williamsburg
    Colonial Crimes and Punishments Crime: assault in sudden anger, blasphemy, counterfeiting, idolatry, murder, rebellion, robbery of a church, witchcraft Punishment: death by hanging Crime: denying God, killing chickens, spying, stealing grapes, striking one’s mother or father Punishment: death (usually by hanging) Crime: forgery, manslaughter, theft Punishment: branding with an “F” for forgery, an “M” for manslaughter, or a “T” for theft Crime: hog theft Punishment: first offense: 25 lashes and a fine of 400 pounds of tobacco (39 lashes for a Native American or mulatto), second offense: time in the pillory, ear nailing third offense: death (usually by hanging)...
  • Archaeologists find 'lost' medieval village... [Scotland]

    05/01/2014 12:13:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Culture24 ^ | 28 April 2014 | Ben Miller
    German and Dutch pots, jugs and mugs, coins including an American cent, spindles, a sheep skull and horse teeth have been found by archaeologists digging in the Scottish Borders, where doors integrated into walls have revealed a “lost” Medieval village of families, farmyards and hearths. Between Edinburgh and the Northumberland National Park, the outskirts of Selkirk have previously been associated with the Battle of Philiphaugh, a 1645 victory for the Scottish Covenanter Army against their under-strength Royalist enemies... A pipeline-laying project by Scottish Water, though, has found stone brick structures including two pivot stones, used as hinges for doors between...
  • Medieval slave trade in Eastern Europe from Finland, the Baltic Countries to Central Asia (Blondes)

    04/21/2014 3:36:20 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 4-15-2014 | University of Eastern Finland
    Medieval slave trade routes in Eastern Europe extended from Finland and the Baltic Countries to Central Asia April 15, 2014 University of Eastern Finland Summary: The routes of slave trade in Eastern Europe in the medieval and pre-modern period extended all the way to the Caspian Sea and Central Asia. A recent study suggests that persons captured during raids into areas which today constitute parts of Finland, the Russian Karelia and the Baltic Countries ended up being sold on these remote trade routes. The routes of slave trade in Eastern Europe in the medieval and pre-modern period extended all the...
  • Family's $ million medieval-style dream mansion that took three years to build burns to the ground

    01/11/2014 11:16:58 AM PST · by EveningStar · 85 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | January 10, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'There is nothing left': Family's $4MILLION medieval-style dream mansion that took them three years to build burns to the ground A sprawling $4 million mansion built by an Ohio family has been gutted after a fire broke out on Friday afternoon. Homeowner Maria Decker, who had only added the finishing touches to her family's dream home last year, was on vacation when the fire broke out. Plumes of smoke and flames as high as 30ft could be seen as the fire ripped through the 22-room stone-built mansion.
  • Medieval Liberals

    10/08/2013 6:14:46 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | OCTOBER 8, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    A classical liberal was characteristically guided by disinterested logic and reason. He was open to gradual changes in society that were frowned upon by traditionalists in lockstep adherence to custom and protocol. The eight-hour work day, civil rights, and food- and drug-safety laws all grew out of classically liberal views. Government could press for moderate changes in the way society worked, within a conservative framework of revering the past, in order to pave the way for equality of opportunity in a safe and sane environment. Among elite liberals today, all too few are of this classical mold — guided by...