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How Hussite Peasants Defeated Knights

How Hussite Peasants Defeated Knights

Knights Charging Hussites During the Middle Ages, the knights were the premiere warriors in the European continent, if not the entire world. Battles were won and lost by a relatively small number of knights in complete suits of armor. Although there were other troops on the field, often many of them ... Read More
The Fourth Crusade – A Shame to Christendom

The Fourth Crusade – A Shame to Christendom

Stacking Constantinople The history of the medieval crusades, at least at a very minimal level, is well known to most people. When we think of the crusades, most of us probably imagine an army of pious Christian knights full of religious zeal going to win back the holy land. There are a few issues w ... Read More
Why Was Hannibal a Great General?

Why Was Hannibal a Great General?

The name of Rome is fearsome in military history. Over the centuries, the Roman legions propelled a small city along the Tiber to rule the entire known Western world. Yet there was one man, more than anyone else, whose name sent shivers through the Romans – Hannibal Barca. Hannibal, a Carthaginian ... Read More

History of Solar Eclipses

Next week millions of Americans will watch a total solar eclipse. Now they are a fascinating phenomenon, but in ancient times they were seen as having a much larger impact. A ... Read More
Nicholas Ridley: Play the Man

Nicholas Ridley: Play the Man

Nicholas Ridley In the last issue, we considered the life of Latimer.  We turn now to the life of Ridley, Latimer’s faithful companion at the stake, and the man to whom Latimer addressed his final sermon, “Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man.  We shall this day light such a can ... Read More
How Joshua Janavel put Thousands to Flight

How Joshua Janavel put Thousands to Flight

A Waldense Valley The Waldenses have been persecuted for centuries. They are a Protestant sect dating back to at least the 12th century. Over the years countless Catholic popes, dukes and kings strove to destroy them, by bloody persecution, but all in vain. One period of intense persecution in the 1 ... Read More