Double page illustration of the Sack of Baghdad in 1258 by Rashid-ad-Din's
History

The Mongol Sack of Baghdad in 1258

February 9, 2017

By Eamonn Gearon, MA, Johns Hopkins University The Mongol conquest of the Abbasid Caliphate culminated in the horrific sack of Baghdad that effectively ended the Islamic […]

19th-century depiction of St Thomas Becket (Image: Photographed by cnbrb/Public domain)
British History

The Murder of Archbishop Becket

January 7, 2017

By Philip Daileader, PhD, The College of William & Mary On December 29, 1170, Thomas Becket, the former Archbishop of Canterbury under King Henry II, […]

European History

Education in the Renaissance

December 15, 2016

By Kenneth Bartlett, PhD, University of Toronto Education during the Italian Renaissance was carefully programmed to create students who were well-balanced and embodied the values of […]

image of first crusade siege
European History

The Impossible First Crusade

December 14, 2016

By Kenneth W. Harl, PhD, Tulane University In 1099, at the culmination of the First Crusade—an event that became a watershed moment for Western Civilization—a […]

European History

Martyrs and Monks

December 14, 2016

By Philip Daileader, PhD, The College of William and Mary In the early days of Christianity, Martyrdom was considered the ultimate way to follow in […]

Barbarossa and his German knights on the Third Crusade (Image: By Unknown author - Scan aus Buch: Johannes Laudage: Friedrich Barbarossa. Eine Biographie. Regensburg 2009, S. 208, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11605322/Public Domain)
European History

The Third Crusade: Three Great Kings

December 13, 2016

By Kenneth W. Harl, Ph.D., Tulane University The Third Crusade is perhaps the most memorable Crusade, even more so than the First Crusade, because it […]

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