Archive for June, 2015
In this video from the Battle of Waterloo 200th anniversary reenactment, see French cavalry charge English squares – one of the most memorable parts of the battle. If the squares stands firm, the cavalry cannot force their horses past the line of bayonets on every edge of the square, and the defenders are safe. But if they falter for a moment, the cavalry can cut them to pieces.
The greatest monument to the Protestant Reformation in the entire world is probably Geneva’s Reformation Wall. In this message we tour the monument, giving a history of each figure represented on it.
The four large central figures are:
- Theodore Beza (1519–1605)
- John Calvin (1509–1564)
- William Farel (1489–1565)
- John Knox (c.1513–1572)
On the right are:
- Roger Williams (1603–1684)
- Oliver Cromwell (1599–1658)
- Stephen Bocskay (1557–1607)
And on the left:
- William the Silent (1533 – 1584)
- Gaspard de Coligny (1519–1572)
- Frederick William of Brandenburg (1620 – 1688)
This past weekend thousands of reenactors gathered at Waterloo to commemorate one of the most important battles in European history!
Join Discerning History next week on our free online Europe Tour! Stay tuned to this blog for audio lectures and photo updates. On June 9 we will begin our journey in Munich, Germany and discover the horrors of the Holocaust at Dachau. We go to Salzburg, Austria to visit Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in the Alps, Mozart’s birthplace, and more. Then we travel to Zurich, Switzerland where Ulrich Zwingli preached, and journey to Calvin’s Geneva, a central location of the Reformation. Next we’ll stop in Strasbourg, France to learn about Martin Bucer and in Worms, Germany where Martin Luther stood up to the Catholic church.
While staying in the Ardennes region we will visit Medieval castles and some of the most important battlefields in European history: including Agincourt and Crecy, from the Hundred Years War, the Somme, one of the most horrific battles of World War I, and the surprise German World War II counterattack at the Battle of the Bulge. Finally, we will conclude the tour at the Battle of Waterloo bicentennial reenactment before leaving from historic Brussels.
Find it all on the Discerning History blog.