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KnowledgeHub: Why the Vikings Disappeared

KnowledgeHub investigates why the infamous warriors of the Middle Ages disappeared. Raiding the coasts of Europe, the age of Vikings lasted about 300 years. What caused the end of the Vikings age?  

History Buffs: Kingdom of Heaven

Still in grief over his wife’s sudden death, village blacksmith Balian (Orlando Bloom) joins his long-estranged father, Baron Godfrey (Liam Neeson), as a crusader on the road to Jerusalem. After a perilous journey to the holy city, the valiant young man enters the retinue of the leprous King Baldwin IV (Edward Norton), which is rife …

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Simon Fraser University: Niall Christie: The Crusades

Media portrayals of the Crusades depict them as fierce battles between Christian knights and Muslim warriors. Others suggest that they were an episode in a wider clash of civilizations between the Western Christian world and the Muslim Middle East. But are these depictions accurate? In this forum, which took place on September 11, 2011, at …

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Yale University: Anders Winroth | The Conversion of Scandinavia

Professor Winroth, who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2003, specializes in the history of medieval Europe, especially religious, intellectual and legal history as well as the Viking Age. We talk with him about his new book, “The Conversion of Scandinavia: Vikings, Merchants, and Missionaries in the Remaking of Northern Europe,” which recently won the …

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NASA : Holiday Lights from Space

NASA writes; It’s official — our holiday lights are so bright we can see them from space. Thanks to the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint mission between NASA and NOAA, scientists are presenting a new way of studying satellite data that can illustrate patterns in holiday lights, both during Christmas and …

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Yale University: The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000 with Paul Freedman | 05/22 | St. Augustine’s Confessions

Professor Freedman begins the lecture by considering the ways historians read the Confessions. In this work, St. Augustine gives unique insight into the life of an intellectual mind in Late Antiquity, into the impact of Christianity on the Roman Empire, and into the problems of early Christianity. The three major doctrinal concerns of the early …

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Alltime Numbers: Bet You Didn’t Know This About Halloween!

Ever wondered where Halloween comes from? Or how much money Americans spend on candy each October 31st? Find out here!  

Yale University: The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000 with Paul Freedman | 04/22 | The Christian Roman Empire

The Early Middle Ages, 284–1000 (HIST 210) The emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity brought change to the Roman Empire as its population gradually abandoned the old religions in favor of Christianity. The reign of Julian the Apostate, a nephew of Constantine, saw the last serious attempt to restore civic polytheism as the official religion. The …

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Yale University: The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000 with Paul Freedman | 03/22 | Constantine and the Early Church

Professor Freedman examines how Christianity came to be the official religion of the Roman Empire. This process began seriously in 312, when the emperor Constantine converted after a divinely inspired victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge. Constantine’s conversion would have seemed foolish as a political strategy since Christianity represented a completely different system …

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Smithsonian Channel: Did Halley’s Comet Convert the Irish to Christianity?

Many attribute the spread of Christianity in Ireland to St. Patrick. But Medieval history and scientific evidence dating back to 540 A.D. hint at a more cosmic reason.  

PBS: Martin Luther – Reluctant Revolutionary

Learn how one man reluctantly took on the most powerful institution of his day and won. Martin Luther is credited with expounding a new vision of man’s relationship with authority. Luther was a German monk, a Catholic priest, professor of theology and a seminal figure of the christian reform movement during the 16th century, subsequently …

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PBS: The Roman Empire in the First Century – Winds of Change

The Roman Empire in the First Century: Episode 3. Claudius rules; Britain battles Roman legions; in Judea, Paul tells of Jesus; Rome verges on disaster Despite Cladius lack of experience, he proved to be an able and efficient administrator. Also an ambitious builder, ordering construction of many new roads, aqueducts, and canals across the Empire. …

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