The Holy Roman Empire and the seeds of the Third Reich

Everyone is familiar with Hitler and the Third Reich, but why was it called the Third Reich? What were the First and Second Reichs? We have to travel all the way back to the Middle Ages and the time of Charlemagne to find the seeds of what would eventually become the Third Reich under Hitler’s Read more about The Holy Roman Empire and the seeds of the Third Reich[…]

Kingdom Come Deliverance

Kingdom Come Deliverance is a first-person, medieval RPG based in realism rather than the magic you find in most RPGs of this type. It is based around true stories during the early 15th century medieval Bohemia at the time of King Wenceslas IV and his half-brother Sigismund’s opposition to the throne. Currently the game is in Read more about Kingdom Come Deliverance[…]

The truth behind medieval chivalry

From Kathleen McGarvey, University of Rochester: Our popular ideas of the chivalric world are off base, according to historian Richard Kaeuper. The gallant knights on horseback and banners unfurling before exciting tournaments largely come from people in the 19th century who saw the Middle Ages through a romantic haze. Chivalry was a violent, often grisly, phenomenon. Read more about The truth behind medieval chivalry[…]

Satellite detects evidence of another Viking North American settlement

From the NY Times: A thousand years after the Vikings braved the icy seas from Greenland to the New World in search of timber and plunder, satellite technology has found intriguing evidence of a long-elusive prize in archaeology — a second Norse settlement in North America, further south than ever known. Read the full article.

The wealthy and lead poisoning in the Middle Ages

Article from the University of Southern Denmark: “Being rich in the Middle Ages led to an unhealthy life” Summary: In the Middle Ages only wealthy town people could afford to eat and drink from beautiful, colored glazed cups and plates. But the glazing was made of lead, which found its way into the body if you Read more about The wealthy and lead poisoning in the Middle Ages[…]