Norman Architecture

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By A Harrison Barnes. Norman Architecture, named so due to its roots in Normandy, arose in the Middle Ages. It began in the early 11th century and ended by the 12th century, following the Saxon architectural movement and preceding the Gothic movement. Norman architecture is a form of the prevailing Romanesque Architecture that was propagated […]

The Changes In Renaissance And Medieval Warfare Tactics Brought About By Gunpowder

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By H. R. Smith. The addition of gunpowder and its ever advancing effective use led to the first handheld weapon to use gunpowder…. the harquebus. The harquebus is also known as the arquebus or the hackbut. This is a very primitive firearm used between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. The musket is a successor of […]

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 […]

The English Military in the 15th Century

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Armies of England in the 15th century were raised by contract between the king and powerful military leaders. Each leader was responsible for paying his troops and the king agreed to pay the leaders back at a later date. Just like continental armies, there was often a royal guard, in England’s case this usually consisted […]