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A landmark 632 years in the making: the odyssey of Cologne Cathedral.

One hundred and thirty-four years ago today, on August 14, 1880, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. Kaiser Wilhelm I attended … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Earth: Dupplin Moor, Scotland, site of a great medieval battle.

This grassy sloping field located in Perth and Kinross, Scotland, is traditionally called Dupplin Moor. On this field 682 years ago today, on August 11, 1332, a battle occurred here … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

A crime still so bitter: the fall of Jerusalem in the First Crusade.

Today 915 years ago, on July 15, 1099, one of the most heinous and barbarous war crimes in the long bloody history of the human race occurred on the soil … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Chess (a brief history of…)

Originally posted on If It Happened Yesterday, It's History:
(Knights Templar playing chess. Apparently chess was one of seven skills a knight had to master. Source Wikipedia) A few…

June 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Nine Men’s Morris, Everywhere

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
Nine Men’s Morris really is everywhere. When I first noticed the scratches on the side of Charlemagne’s throne back in 2008, I had no idea what they…

April 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Skuldelev 3: Viking merchant shipping in the 11th Century

Originally posted on Europeenses:
The ‘Roar Ege’ reconstruction of Skuldelev 3 under sail At some point between 1070 and 1090 AD, five ships were loaded with stones and scuttled to…

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Severed Hand, A Hidden Tunnel, and Salisbury’s Oldest Pub

Originally posted on Jaunting Jen:
The Oldest Pub in England? Probably not, but the Haunch of Venison is definitely the oldest in Salisbury, and the most unique pub that I…

March 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Earth Panorama: Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, UK.

Norwich Cathedral, located in Norwich, England, is so amazing and impressive that I can’t believe it isn’t a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Maybe it will become one in the future). … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 19: “Christ the Redeemer” by Andrei Rublev.

This magnificent Russian Orthodox icon depicting Christ as “the Redeemer” is one of the great European works of art of the 15th century. It was painted probably in the 1420s … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 18: The Erfurt Treasure.

This may look like just another collection of old coins, but the Erfurt Treasure is a collective artifact that shows us in tangible form some of the darkest days in … Continue reading

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment
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