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  • Thousands of Rare Vatican Manuscripts to Go Online

    03/20/2014 7:45:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 127 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/20/14 | Francis X Rocca
    Thousands of rare manuscripts until now accessible only to scholars at the Vatican will go online over the next four years, thanks to help from a Japanese information technology company. Officials of NTT DATA Corporation and the Vatican Library announced their joint project at a news conference March 20. The library, founded by Pope Nicholas V in the 15th century, preserves some 82,000 manuscripts dating back to the early centuries of Christianity. Among its treasures are an illustrated edition of the works of the Roman poet Virgil, produced around the year 400, and illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy by the...
  • ...Map of Europe 1000 AD to present with timeline [Borders Animated 1140-2011 in 3 minutes]

    03/17/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    ...Since I didn't know how this video was made, I assumed that the timeline was linear and based the time calibration on Napoleon's Campaigns (apogee in 1812 at 02:33) and Hitler's invasion of Poland (1939 at 03:04).
  • Why Do 16th-Century Manuscripts Show Cats With Flaming Backpacks?

    03/16/2014 6:29:43 AM PDT · by Renfield · 41 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 3-10-2014 | Brad Scriber
    A series of 16th-century manuscripts that have been making waves on the Internet look like a Monty Python version of the Renaissance: They show cats outfitted with flaming backpacks, attacking castles and villages. But the illustrations are legit. They're intended to show how cats and birds could in theory be used to set fire to a besieged city, according to a University of Pennsylvania scholar. Mitch Fraas, scholar in residence at the University of Pennsylvania—the university digitized the manuscripts last year—says that the drawings are from artillery manuals and are accompanied by notes explaining how to use animals as incendiary...
  • Anglo-Saxon remains found during Rushton excavation work

    02/08/2014 1:18:31 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 January 2014 | unattributed
    The remains of four Anglo-Saxon adults have been found in shallow graves during excavation work at a river in Northamptonshire. The graves, 12in (30cm) below ground level, were found during the work to create a new backwater at the River Ise at Rushton near Kettering. A 6th Century bowl was also found in the graves... "The 6th Century date... suggests we're looking at settlers - people who have come here to establish a small farmstead on very good agricultural land," he said. "They would have been subsisting at a small agricultural level." Mr Brown said there were no plans for...
  • Jews buried in 13th century Spanish cemetery "well preserved"

    07/04/2013 9:17:35 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Jewish Telegraphic Agency ^ | Sunday, June 23, 2013 | JTA
    A Spanish historian who identified and catalogued 107 tombs in a 13th-century Jewish cemetery in Toledo said the remains were "well preserved". The cemetery was partially unearthed in 2008, but the delineation and archaeological study of the graves was only recently completed, according to the Spanish news agency, EFE. The archaeologist leading the excavations, Arturo Ruiz Taboada, told EFE earlier this month that the people buried in the 107 Jewish tombs were "well preserved" and deposited unusually deep in the ground, some over 9 feet from ground level. The identity of many of those buried at the site remains unknown....
  • Did the Medieval Catholic Church Have a Female Pope?

    03/17/2013 5:55:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | March 14, 2013 | Michael Gryboski
    The election of Pope Francis as the 266th bishop of Rome held many milestones. Francis is the first Latin American pope in history and the first non-European pontiff in about 1,200 years. However, some have claimed that a Medieval pope might have reached a milestone considered impossible given the standards and rules of Vatican City for ordained clergy. Legend has it that in the ninth century the Roman Catholic Church was ruled briefly by a "Pope Joan," who disguised herself as a man, rising through the ranks of the male-dominated hierarchy. Many have hailed the legend as true, with two...
  • 6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes (contains offensive language)

    01/13/2013 12:37:34 PM PST · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Cracked ^ | January 13, 2013 | Steve Kolenberg
    When you think of the Middle Ages, chances are you picture gallant knights sitting astride brilliant destriers galloping through a sea of plagues, ignorance, and filth. And you can hardly be blamed for that, when everything from the movies you watch to your high school history teacher (who was mainly the football coach) has told you that ...
  • Giant Meteorites Slammed Earth Around A.D. 500?

    02/05/2010 7:31:57 AM PST · by Palter · 26 replies · 906+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 03 Feb 2010 | Richard A. Lovett
    Double impact may have caused tsunami, global cooling Pieces of a giant asteroid or comet that broke apart over Earth may have crashed off Australia about 1,500 years ago, says a scientist who has found evidence of the possible impact craters. Satellite measurements of the Gulf of Carpentaria (see map) revealed tiny changes in sea level that are signs of impact craters on the seabed below, according to new research by marine geophysicist Dallas Abbott. Based on the satellite data, one crater should be about 11 miles (18 kilometers) wide, while the other should be 7.4 miles (12 kilometers) wide....
  • Ancient Global Dimming Linked to Volcanic Eruption (The Dark Ages)

    03/19/2008 2:36:03 PM PDT · by blam · 58 replies · 1,793+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 3-19-2008 | Ker Than
    Ancient Global Dimming Linked to Volcanic Eruption Ker Than for National Geographic NewsMarch 19, 2008 A "dry fog" that muted the sun's rays in A.D. 536 and plunged half the world into a famine-inducing chill was triggered by the eruption of a supervolcano, a new study says. The cause of the sixth-century global dimming has long been a matter of debate, but a team of international researchers recently discovered acidic sulphate molecules, which are signs of an eruption, in Greenland ice. This is the first physical evidence for the A.D. 536 event, which according to ancient texts from Mesoamerica, Europe,...
  • Living In The 'Bowels Of The Earth'

    06/04/2008 2:18:43 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 140+ views
    Athens News ^ | 6-3-2008- | HEINRICH HALL
    Living in the 'bowels of the earth' In caves all over Greece, archaeologists reveal the secrets of the past HEINRICH HALL * The mythical birthplace of Zeus: the Idaean Cave, central Crete AT SOME point between AD575 and 600, at least 33 men, women and children entered a cave near modern Andritsa, southwest of Argolid, in the eastern Peloponnese. They carried a Christian cross, some money and food supplies, perhaps intending to hide from some temporary threat. They were never to see the light of day again. One by one, they died from starvation, unable or unwilling to escape the...
  • The Dark Ages: Were They Darker Than We Imagined?

    06/08/2003 10:31:29 PM PDT · by blam · 109 replies · 6,406+ views
    The Universe ^ | 9-1999 | Greg Bryant
    The Dark Ages : Were They Darker Than We Imagined? By Greg Bryant Published in the September 1999 issue of Universe As we approach the end of the Second Millennium, a review of ancient history is not what you would normally expect to read in the pages of Universe. Indeed, except for reflecting on the AD 837 apparition of Halley's Comet (when it should have been as bright as Venus and would have moved through 60 degrees of sky in one day as it passed just 0.03 AU from Earth - three times closer than Hyakutake in 1996), you may...
  • Astronomers unravel a mystery of the Dark Ages

    02/03/2004 2:54:24 PM PST · by ckilmer · 83 replies · 3,305+ views
    EurekAlert ^ | 3-Feb-2004 | Dr Derek Ward-Thompson
    Public release date: 3-Feb-2004 Contact: Dr Derek Ward-Thompson derek.ward-thompson@astro.cf.ac.uk 029-2087-5314 Cardiff University Astronomers unravel a mystery of the Dark Ages Undergraduates' work blames comet for 6th-century "nuclear winter" Scientists at Cardiff University, UK, believe they have discovered the cause of crop failures and summer frosts some 1,500 years ago – a comet colliding with Earth. The team has been studying evidence from tree rings, which suggests that the Earth underwent a series of very cold summers around 536-540 AD, indicating an effect rather like a nuclear winter. The scientists in the School of Physics and Astronomy believe this was caused...
  • An Empire's Epidemic (Justinian Plague)

    09/18/2006 4:38:39 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 1,248+ views
    UCLA ^ | 5-6-2002 | Thomas H Maugh II
    An Empire's Epidemic Scientists Use DNA in Search for Answers to 6th Century Plague By THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Staff Writer By the middle of the 6th century, the Emperor Justinian had spread his Byzantine Empire around the rim of the Mediterranean and throughout Europe, laying the groundwork for what he hoped would be a long-lived dynasty. His dreams were shattered when disease-bearing mice from lower Egypt reached the harbor town of Pelusium in AD 540. From there, the devastating disease spread to Alexandria and, by ship, to Constantinople, Justinian's capital, before surging throughout his empire. By the time...
  • Tale Of (King) Arthur Points To Comet Catastrophe

    04/21/2006 4:39:40 PM PDT · by blam · 97 replies · 2,039+ views
    The Times ^ | 9-9-2000 | Nick Nuttall
    TALE OF ARTHUR POINTS TO COMET CATASTROPHE From The Times, 9 September 2000 http://www.the-times.co.uk BY NICK NUTTALL Arthur: myth links him to fire from the sky THE story of the death of King Arthur and its references to a wasteland may have been inspired by the apocalyptic effects of a giant comet bombarding the Earth in AD540, leading to the Dark Ages, a British scientist said yesterday. The impacts filled the atmosphere with dust and debris; a long winter began. Crops failed, and there was famine, Dr Mike Baillie of Queen's University, Belfast, told the British Association for the Advancement...
  • Did Asteroids And Comets Turn The Tides Of Civilization?

    07/11/2002 1:56:44 PM PDT · by blam · 89 replies · 12,100+ views
    Discovering Archaeology ^ | July/August 1999 | Mike Baillie
    Did Asteroids and Comets Turn the Tides of Civilization? By Mike Baillie The heart of humanity seems at times to have lost its cadence, the rhythmic beat of history collapsing into impotent chaos. Wars raged. Pestilence spread. Famine reigned. Death came early and hard. Dynasties died, and civilization flickered. Such a time came in the sixth century A.D. The Dark Ages settled heavily over Europe. Rome had been beaten back from its empire. Art and science stagnated. Even the sun turned its back. "We marvel to see no shadows of our bodies at noon, to feel the mighty vigor of...
  • New power elite emerged in medieval Iceland as the island became Norwegian

    05/16/2011 3:00:41 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies
    University of Gothenburg ^ | May 16, 2011 | Unknown
    As Iceland became part of the Norwegian kingship 1262, a new power structure in the shape of an Icelandic aristocracy appointed by the king of Norway was established. This development is discussed in a doctoral thesis in History from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, that sheds light on a period in the Icelandic history that previously has not received its due attention. 'The 14th century has never received a great deal of attention in Icelandic history writing. This is surprising since this period is at least as important as the considerably more frequently discussed so-called Free State period (around 930�/64)...
  • Did Vikings navigate by polarized light?

    01/31/2011 8:30:21 PM PST · by Palter · 30 replies
    Nature ^ | 31 Jan 2011 | Jo Marchant
    'Sunstone' crystals may have helped seafarers to find the Sun on cloudy days. A Viking legend tells of a glowing 'sunstone' that, when held up to the sky, revealed the position of the Sun even on a cloudy day. It sounds like magic, but scientists measuring the properties of light in the sky say that polarizing crystals — which function in the same way as the mythical sunstone — could have helped ancient sailors to cross the northern Atlantic. A review of their evidence is published today in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B1. The Vikings, seafarers from Scandinavia...
  • Travel and Broad Minds

    06/15/2010 7:56:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 124+ views
    Vale Adurni ^ | 6/11/10 | Fr. Sean
    Travel broadens the mind—or a part of one's anatomy—it has been said. And as the poem by Joyce Grenfell puts it, I also enjoy travelling in my head, which is to say, by reading travel literature. The wonderful books by Patrick Leigh Fermor, for instance. More recently, I have been reading something quite different in that category. This is The Travels of Ibn Jubayr, in the translation by Roland Broadhurst. Abu 'Husayn Muhammed ibn Ahmad Ibn Jubayr was secretary to the Moorish Governor of Granada in the year 1182. His employer forced him to drink, against his Moslem conscience, seven...
  • The Crusades: When Christendom Pushed Back

    02/20/2010 6:35:24 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 37 replies · 1,729+ views
    New American ^ | SELWYN DUKE
    he year is 732 A.D., and Europe is under assault. Islam, born a mere 110 years earlier, is already in its adolescence, and the Muslim Moors are on the march. Growing in leaps and bounds, the Caliphate, as the Islamic realm is known, has thus far subdued much of Christendom, conquering the old Christian lands of the Mideast and North Africa in short order. Syria and Iraq fell in 636; Palestine in 638; and Egypt, which was not even an Arab land, fell in 642. North Africa, also not Arab, was under Muslim control by 709. Then came the year...
  • On Theology in the 12th Century

    10/28/2009 9:02:05 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies · 349+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | October 28, 2009 | Benedict XVI
    On Theology in the 12th Century "Knowledge Grows Only if It Loves Truth" VATICAN CITY, OCT. 28, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address today during the general audience in St. Peter's Square. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, Today I pause to reflect on an interesting page of history, regarding the flowering of Latin theology in the 12th century, which came about by a providential series of coincidences. In the countries of Western Europe there reigned then a relative peace, which assured society of economic development and the consolidation of political structures, and fostered a...
  • Five Myths About Christianity, Islam, and the Middle Ages

    10/23/2009 11:15:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 1,910+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | October 23, 2009 | H.W. Crocker III
      Does Islam need a Reformation? Not unless you think it would benefit from additional dollops of Puritanism; further encouragement to smash altars, stained glass, and other forms of "idolatry"; prodding to ban riotous celebrations like Christmas and Easter; and support for fundamentalist Islamic schools that insist on sola Korana and sola Sunnah. Indeed, it would seem that Islam has already had its reformers. Railing against the corruption of the West (let's call it "Rome" for short) have been such modern Islamic Luthers as the late Ayatollah Khomeini, the cave-dwelling Osama bin Laden, the voice of young Islam --...
  • Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe

    08/18/2009 6:27:29 AM PDT · by Nikas777 · 42 replies · 1,786+ views
    acton.org ^ | AUGUST 17, 2009 | JOHN COURETAS
    Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe Posted by JOHN COURETAS on MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009 The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies. Edited by Elizabeth Jeffreys, John Haldon, Robin Cormack. Oxford University Press (2008)Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin. Princeton University Press (2008) Ask the average college student to identify the 1,100 year old empire that was, at various points in its history, the political, commercial, artistic and ecclesiastical center of Europe and, indeed, was responsible for the very survival and flourishing of what we know today as Europe and you’re not likely to get the...
  • Could the Western World of today develop anything resembling a new renaissance?

    08/22/2008 9:38:37 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 47 replies · 299+ views
    08/22/2008 | WesternCulture
    - YES! To begin with, let's try and fully understand what Renaissance Florence actually has accomplished, apart from making tourists feel like this: "I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen. Absorbed in the contemplation of sublime beauty ... I reached the point where one encounters celestial sensations ... Everything spoke so vividly to my soul. Ah, if I could only forget. I had palpitations of the heart, what in Berlin they call 'nerves.' Life was drained from me. I walked with the fear...
  • Catholic Research Question, need some FReeper help

    06/16/2007 11:51:36 AM PDT · by reaganaut · 18 replies · 406+ views
    6/16/07 | Reaganaut
    I am currently writing a book on Medieval Holy Women and their response to Leprosy. I am hoping that some of the Catholics on this board can help me out. I am checking to make sure I have all the main Saints or Blesseds that discuss lepers or leprosy in thier vitae. Please post if you know of any that I am missing.
  • Shackled Skeleton Found In Ávila (Middle Ages - Spain)

    01/31/2007 2:12:39 PM PST · by blam · 55 replies · 1,680+ views
    Typically Spanish ^ | 1-31-2007 | H.B.
    Shackled skeleton found in Ávila By h.b. Wed, 31 Jan 2007, 14:05 The famous Ávila city walls in recent snow - Photo EFE A skeleton tied up with shackles and chains and thought to date from the Middle Ages has been found in an archaeological dig in Ávila, behind the city’s Church of San Pedro. It’s the second such find in the city, although coming in a different place, and it has led experts to think that death occurred during some form of punishment. Tomorrow, Thursday the latest find will be taken to the Provincial Museum where the skeleton will...
  • Monasteries and Madrassas: Five Myths About Christianity, Islam, and the Middle Ages

    09/02/2006 8:14:14 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 98 replies · 1,304+ views
    Crisis ^ | July 26 , 2006 | H. W. Crocker III
    Monasteries and Madrassas: Five Myths About Christianity, Islam, and the Middle Ages By H. W. Crocker III Does Islam need a Reformation? Not unless you think it would benefit from additional dollops of Puritanism; further encouragement to smash altars, stained glass, and other forms of ?idolatry?; prodding to ban riotous celebrations like Christmas and Easter; and support for fundamentalist Islamic schools that insist on sola Korana and sola Sunnah . Indeed, it would seem that Islam has already had its reformers. Railing against the corruption of the West (let's call it ?Rome? for short) have been such modern Islamic...
  • Lies: The Crusades

    08/29/2006 7:16:55 AM PDT · by JamesP81 · 3 replies · 440+ views
    Southern Pundit ^ | 8-29-2006 | James P
    All of us know that historical revisionism is a favored tool of the liar and those who like to play the blame game. Right after 9/11, this was on display for the whole world to see when Bin Laden and the Left decided to blame the Middle East’s hatred of the West on, of all things, the Crusades. The Crusades were a series of wars that were fought nearly a thousand years before anyone on this Earth was born, yet the extremists hang on to it today like it’s some kind of personal injustice. I find it inconceivable that one...
  • 1410 Grunwald Battle re-enacted (see pictures)

    07/15/2006 11:28:50 AM PDT · by lizol · 8 replies · 522+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 15.07.2006
    1410 Grunwald Battle re-enacted 15.07.2006 The Battle of Grunwald of 15 July 1410, one of the biggest armed clashes of Medieval Europe, is being re-enacted in mid-northern Poland this afternoon. The event began with a holy mass and the Grunwald roll call. Taking part are 1,500 amateur troops from Poland and abroad, who will recreate the battle in which allied Polish and Lithuanian troops defeated the forces of the Teutonic Knights, thus sparking off the collapse of that medieval military order.
  • Unique castle sword found in a suitcase

    06/22/2006 11:41:20 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies · 675+ views
    Northumberland Today ^ | 22 June 2006 | unattributed
    X-rays of the sword, which predates the Vikings, revealed its blade is made up of six individual strands of carbonised iron bonded together to form the blade, a practice which has rarely been seen before... The sword was discovered in the first-ever excavation at Bamburgh Castle by the late Dr Brian Hope-Taylor in 1960. Following his death in 2001, the sword was found in a suitcase during a clearance of his house along with a rare pattern-welded sword and an axe also from Bamburgh... A replica sword is being reconstructed which will be displayed at Bamburgh Castle with the original...
  • Renaissance Faire

    05/13/2006 7:41:26 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies · 1,426+ views
    Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire ^ | Weekends, July 8 through August 6, 2006 | various
    Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire is excited to announce its partnership with the Calhoun County Parks system and Emmett Township to produce the 15th season of Silver Leaf Renaissance Faire at Kimball Pines Park... With a permanent home for the event, SLRF Productions is looking forward to creating new relationships in Calhoun County and Emmett Township while maintaining solid ties with its current Kalamazoo County suppliers. The faire and park have entered into a 30-year lease allowing the production company to develop its area of the park and plans are in the works to produce several events year round.
  • Political correctness at Chicago's Adler Planetarium

    03/30/2006 10:39:19 PM PST · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 12 replies · 945+ views
    Marathon Pundit ^ | March 31, 2006 | Marathon Pundit
    How low will the forces of political correctness stoop? Well, all the way down to the basement of Chicago's Adler Planetarium, that's for certain. I took Litte Marathon Pundit there Tuesday afternoon. She's on spring break from school this week, and her third grade class is spending a lot of time discussing astronomy. The planetarium underwent a major expansion in the 1990s, I hadn't been there since the project was completed. My daughter liked our day-trip a lot, and that was enough for me. Almost. My probing eye picked up some frightening political-correctness in the astrolobe section of the planetarium....
  • The Victory of Reason

    02/23/2006 6:47:16 AM PST · by truthfinder9 · 12 replies · 310+ views
    The Victory of Reason Christianity and the West February 22, 2006 At the heart of the furor over Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad are the different values and ideals of two civilizations: one shaped by Christianity, the other by Islam. Of course, it's seldom put that way, especially in the elite media. Instead, the values being defended are called "Western," as if a compass point produced the freedoms we today enjoy in the Western world. Fortunately, there's a new book that sets the record straight. The book is called The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western...
  • The Victory of Reason : How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success

    01/25/2006 7:08:31 AM PST · by truthfinder9 · 3 replies · 264+ views
    History revisionists have tried to marginalize and rewrite Christianity’s role in the development of the Western world. Rodeny Stark’s “The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism and Western Success” details why their attempts are completely unfounded and sometimes motivated by anti-religious beliefs. Stark briefly details how science thrived in Christian Europe after the fall of Rome, while it stagnated in other regions. But he focuses in on how Christianity was central to the development of the other aspects of Western culture, especially economics and democracy. As he wrote, the Renaissance didn’t just suddenly appear any more than...
  • Archeologists Unearth 1,300 Skeletons

    01/24/2006 2:24:18 PM PST · by nuconvert · 34 replies · 744+ views
    yahoo news/AP ^ | Jan 24, 2006
    Archeologists Unearth 1,300 Skeletons Jan 24, 2006 A large medieval cemetery containing around 1,300 skeletons has been discovered in the central English city of Leicester, archaeologists said Tuesday. The bones were found during a dig before the site is developed as part of a 350 million-pound ($630 million) shopping mall. University of Leicester archaeologists say the find promises to shed new light on the way people lived and died in the Middle Ages. "We think, probably outside London, this must be one of the largest parish graveyards ever excavated," said Richard Buckley, director of University of Leicester Archaeology Services. "Archaeology...
  • Strange signs in nature, including 'miasma' in the air

    10/11/2005 6:21:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies · 801+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | October 10, 2005 | Michael Brown
    At times, we lose perspective. Let us regain some of it by realizing that however bad Hurricane Katrina seemed, it was not the worst natural disaster during the past 12 months, nor even during the summer. In fact, it may not even be the deadliest hurricane: in Central America a mudslide caused by Hurricane Stan may have cost 1,400 lives in Guatemala just last week (figures vary), as opposed to Katrina's awful but smaller toll of 1,200. We are in a steep curve of chastisement.And then there is the Pakistani-Indian quake: more than 40,000 dead from the weekend tremors. These...
  • Society researches and re-creates life between 400-1600 A.D.

    10/10/2003 6:04:05 AM PDT · by ChemistCat · 7 replies · 260+ views
    Deseret News ^ | October 10, 2003 | Carma Wadley
    They come for the fighting — and the dancing. They come for the feasting, and because they get to wear cool clothes. They come to play, to socialize, to learn. Mostly, they come because they have fallen in love with a time so removed from our own that many people never give it a thought — yet it's a time that laid our foundations and shaped our thoughts in important and intriguing ways. Welcome to the Current Middle Ages — or as some say, the Middle Ages "as they ought to have been." This is the period researched and re-created...
  • Medieval love letters ignite war of words in France

    03/06/2005 2:41:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies · 1,739+ views
    Stuff (New Zealand) ^ | 05 March 2005
    PARIS: Two star-crossed medieval lovers, Abelard and Heloise, are again stirring passions in France as a literary controversy rages nearly 900 years after their affair. At the heart of the drama is an obscure Latin text that some scholars say contains the long lost love letters written by the ill-fated pair. Others say the correspondence is fake. The illicit liaison between Abelard, an up and coming 12th century philosopher, and the gifted young woman he tutored, shocked medieval Europe not least for its gruesome end. Abelard was castrated on the orders of Heloise's uncle after she became pregnant with his...
  • MEN FROM EARLY MIDDLE AGES WERE NEARLY AS TALL AS MODERN PEOPLE

    09/01/2004 12:02:19 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 112 replies · 3,371+ views
    MEN FROM EARLY MIDDLE AGES WERE NEARLY AS TALL AS MODERN PEOPLE COLUMBUS, Ohio – Northern European men living during the early Middle Ages were nearly as tall as their modern-day American descendants, a finding that defies conventional wisdom about progress in living standards during the last millennium. Richard Steckel "Men living during the early Middle Ages (the ninth to 11th centuries) were several centimeters taller than men who lived hundreds of years later, on the eve of the Industrial Revolution," said Richard Steckel, a professor of economics at Ohio State University and the author of a new study that...
  • The origins of Trader Joe's and why Americans don't drink more wine

    03/04/2004 11:47:11 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 48 replies · 2,083+ views
    NapaNews ^ | February 26, 2004 | PAUL FRANSON
    The origins of Trader Joe's and why Americans don't drink more wine By PAUL FRANSON Register Correspondent At the recent Unified Wine and Grape Symposium in Sacramento, some of us had the pleasure of meeting the real Trader Joe and hearing how he started the cultish chain. To celebrate its 30th Anniversary, the California Association of Winegrape Growers invited Joe Coloumbe to address at its annual meeting. Telling a tale worthy of PBS's "Nova," he enthralled the audience about why the Little Ice Age kept Americans from drinking wine, how the breakdown of an international monetary agreement affects the wine...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    11/23/2003 10:16:01 AM PST · by freedom44 · 45 replies · 3,249+ views
    Crises ^ | 11/23/03 | Thomas F. Madden
    With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant. As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    11/22/2003 4:23:29 PM PST · by dennisw · 62 replies · 1,990+ views
    crisismagazine ^ | April 1, 2002 | Thomas F. Madden
    The Real History of the Crusades By Thomas F. Madden With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant. As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by...
  • Congressman Billybob Sez: The Knight of Draper's Liquor Store

    05/19/2003 10:12:08 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 3 replies · 170+ views
    Congressman Billybob's website ^ | 19 May 2003 | Congressman Billybob (J. Armor, Esq.)
    We dressed up in appropriate costumes, piled in the car, and went to Atlanta for the Renaissance Festival last weekend. One of the performances there was, of course, jousting. Those who haven't seen jousting probably have a false idea about how it's done. If you've watched some movies, like Ivanhoe, you think that jousting is fought to the death and is generally hard on the health of the participants. Not so. The phrase "blackmail" came from the period when jousting was the equivalent of NFL games in Europe. Here's how it was conducted: Weather permitting, jousts were held in venues...
  • WERE THE DARK AGES REALLY DARK?

    12/10/2002 11:12:37 AM PST · by Mike Darancette · 18 replies · 1,660+ views
    tripod ^ | September, 1999 | Greg Bryant
    .... snip ... Physical Aspects Of The Dark Ages Let's first look at the onset of "the" Dark Ages in the sixth century AD. The Roman Empire was finished, nothing was happening in the sciences, and worse was happening in nature. The Italian historian Flavius Cassiodorus wrote about conditions that he experienced during the year AD 536 : "The Sun...seems to have lost its wonted light, and appears of a bluish colour. We marvel to see no shadows of our bodies at noon, to feel the mighty vigour of the Sun's heat wasted into feebleness, and the phenomena which accompany...
  • Who Were The Knights Templar? (Sunday History Read)

    07/21/2002 10:01:31 AM PDT · by Hacksaw · 156 replies · 7,348+ views
    www.templarhistory.com ^ | undated | Stephen Dafoe and Alan Butler
    The Knights Templar were a monastic military order formed at the end of the First Crusade with the mandate of protecting Christian pilgrims on route to the Holy Land. Never before had a group of secular knights banded together and took monastic vows. In this sense they were the first of the Warrior Monks. From humble beginnings of poverty when the order relied on alms from the traveling pilgrims, the order would go on to have the backing of the Holy See and the collective European monarchies. Within two centuries they had become powerful enough to defy all but...
  • The Real History of the Crusades

    04/07/2002 7:35:39 PM PDT · by traditionalist · 140 replies · 9,580+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/1/2002 | Thomas Madden
    With the possible exception of Umberto Eco, medieval scholars are not used to getting much media attention. We tend to be a quiet lot (except during the annual bacchanalia we call the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, of all places), poring over musty chronicles and writing dull yet meticulous studies that few will read. Imagine, then, my surprise when within days of the September 11 attacks, the Middle Ages suddenly became relevant. As a Crusade historian, I found the tranquil solitude of the ivory tower shattered by journalists, editors, and talk-show hosts on tight deadlines eager to...