Medieval Castles – An Essay

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Medieval Castles – An Essay By Michael Cooper Castles remind us of a time that was full of adventure and romance. Castles remind us of a time in history in which there was a lack of government and order. Although there was not mass confusion and anarchy, there was less order. Castles were the basis […]

Michigan Renaissance Festival – A Reenactment of History

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By Pollux Parker. The Michigan Renaissance Festival gives a reminiscent historical experience of theatrical and musical acts, music, handicrafts, and costumed performers such as in the time of King Henry VIII or 18th century pirates. This festival is held yearly on weekends of August to October in Holly, Michigan. The festival has different themes every […]

A look at the Dark Ages: When Things Were Really Medieval

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by Will Kalif The Dark Ages were a period of great upheaval, constant war, horrendous plague, and stagnant cultural growth. But through these difficult centuries new ideas and a new culture was born. And in today’s world we still feel the effects of these changes that were brought about during these Dark Ages. The Dark […]

Greek Fire – a Terrifying Early Medieval Weapon

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By Shane Dayton. Greek Fire, also known as Byzantine Fire, Greek Byzantine Fire, and Sea Fire, was a terrifying naval weapon mastered by the Greeks and the Byzantines during early Medieval times. This may be the earliest form of naval napalm, and allowed their ships to fight with fire, with some claims that there was […]

Early Medieval Period – Ottonian Art – A Glimpse

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The Pre-Romanesque period in German art history, between circa 919-1056, is called “Ottonian Period,” after the names of three Saxon Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, named Otto-Otto, the Great, Otto II, and Otto III, who ruled from 919-1024. The Ottonian Empire included the lands that now are Germany, Switzerland, and Northern & Central Italy. This period was one of the greatest ages after the fall of Carolingian Empire. Economic growth and political patronage helped in creating an atmosphere of increased cultural and artistic activity, which along with Late Antique, Byzantine, and Carolingian influences, helped develop a distinctive style, the Ottonian Art form.

A Look at Some of the Medieval Castles of Japan

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By Will Kalif When we think of Medieval castles we seldom think about Japan. But Japan went through a very long period of feudal warfare and as a result hundreds of fortress like castles were built. They look significantly different than their European counterparts but functionally they are much they same. They were meant to […]

Battle of Bull Run – A Brief History For the Civil War Reenactor

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What is commonly known as the first major Civil War battle was fought on July 21st, 1861. In the north the battle would be known as the 1st Battle of Bull Run and the 1st Manassas Battle in the south. The Union Army General, Irvin McDowell, as well as the politicians in Washington, felt that this battle, with a quick win by the Union would lead to an early end of the war.

The Benefits of Hand Forging

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What really are the benefits of forging a blade? Forging is more flexible in terms of what you can achieve. Forging also refines the structure of the steel. Drop forging and rolling does indeed impart some of the benefits of forging to a stock removal blade, however. once you start grinding away material, the grain […]

Thomas More and The English Reformation

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Amidst the turmoil of the Protestant Reformation in early Renaissance England there existed many great men and woman of character and conscience. Among them we find a singular individual in the person of Thomas More. The Renaissance humanist of his time and major opponent of the Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and the Protestant Reformation. A […]