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Tag: Middle Ages

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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Penn Museum: Colin Renfrew: Before Silk: Unsolved Mysteries of the Silk Road

Colin Renfrew speaks on the Unsolved Mysteries of the Silk Road at the Silk Road Symposium held at the Penn Museum held in March 2011. The extent of contact between east (China) and west (Europe and Western Asia) in the prehistoric period has been much debated but remains little understood. In 1921 John Gunnar Anderson’s …

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Yale University: The Early Middle Ages, 284-1000 with Paul Freedman | 02/22 | The Crisis of the Third Century and the Diocletianic Reforms

Professor Freedman outlines the problems facing the Roman Empire in the third century. The Persian Sassanid dynasty in the East and various Germanic tribes in the West threatened the Empire as never before. Internally, the Empire struggled with the problem of succession, an economy wracked by inflation, and the decline of the local elite which …

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Ingrid Galadriel Aune Nilsen: Lessons from the Viking lifestyle

Ingrid Galadriel Aune Nilsen is the founder and art director of Trondheim Vikinglag — an organization for people that are interested in history and handicrafts from the viking age. In the summer, Trondheim Vikinglag organizes the ‘Trondheim Viking Market’ where “vikings” from all over the world travel to Trondheim to sell their handicrafts, hold courses/lectures …

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Jessica Goldberg: Great Battles | The First Crusade Three Battles for Latin Christendom

From 1096 to 1101, over 100,000 people from all over Western Europe set off towards Jerusalem. These men and women, these warriors and pilgrims, priests and nuns, lords and laborers, didn’t have a name for what they were doing—no one would use the word Crusade to describe an armed pilgrimage, or holy military expedition, until …

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