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History Fact Friday – William the Conqueror and the Normans

His name was Guillaume, and he was destined for greatness. He was a strong, healthy child who became a robust, powerful man. He came from a line of ever more powerful Norman nobles and established a line of even greater nobles who would be engaged in almost never-ending warfare during the Middle Ages. Today, we… Continue reading History Fact Friday – William the Conqueror and the Normans

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History Fact Friday – Literacy in the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages, there was virtually no literacy in Europe except within the Church societies. Really, this was not much of a significant change from the ancient world since most people in the ancient world had little use for written materials. Anything of value for your occupation was transmitted orally from master to apprentice.… Continue reading History Fact Friday – Literacy in the Middle Ages

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History Fact Friday – Popes & Power

It is commonly believed that the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) held supreme authority over the Church during the Middle Ages and that his power was broken only by the Protestant Reformation. In fact, the papacy fluctuated in power quite a bit during the Middle Ages and the office was not acknowledged as supreme until… Continue reading History Fact Friday – Popes & Power

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History Fact Friday – “The Dark Ages”

It might surprise you to know that the supposed 'Dark Ages' between the fall of Rome (476 CE) and the Renaissance (c. 1500) were not all that dark. The term "Dark Ages" was first used by the Italian poet Petrarch to describe the poor quality of medieval Latin literature. In that point, Petrarch was correct.… Continue reading History Fact Friday – “The Dark Ages”

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History Fact Friday – The Galatians

We tend to think that the Romans viewed the Celts as barbarians. In reality, the Celts were very integrated into the Roman system. Celto-Iberians had fought in the armies of Hannibal during the 2nd Punic War, and they were very well known in later Roman armies. (There is a nod to this in referring to… Continue reading History Fact Friday – The Galatians

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History Fact Friday – Muslims and Arabs

Muslim and Arab are not the same thing. In fact, Arabs make up only a small minority of the Muslim world. There are over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world, and only a few of them are Arab. In fact, there are only around 450 million Arabic-speaking people in the world which means that two-thirds… Continue reading History Fact Friday – Muslims and Arabs

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History Fact Friday – The 300 Spartans

The Battle of Thermopylae is one of the most important moments in the development of Western Civilization. It was there that a small advance force from the Greek poleis held off the Persian armies long enough for the larger armies to marshal. Popularized by many works of fiction, Thermopylae was of mythical proportions even in… Continue reading History Fact Friday – The 300 Spartans