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  • Saladin General Saladin Was Respected by Muslims and Christians

    He was a generous monarch and a respected military leader that is how by soldiers and others talked about Saladin. In the twelfth century, he was one of the main figures in world events. The Muslim ruler was also recognised by Christians, partly due to his friendly gesture which helped his opponent Richard the Lionheart fight. It was a rare relationship between these two men which was based on recognition and respect. Who was the famous Saladin and why do the people in today's Syria still remember him?

  • Praky The Sling Fired Further Than a Bow, But It Also Had Its Drawbacks

    If you were to name historical weapons, only few would think the sling. It's perhaps the most underrated weapon in history. People are not really frightened by the thought of a fork, whereby a stretched piece of flexible material is between its arms and a stone that is aimed at the target. Slings changed over time; it wasn't always a boy's toy used for knocking cans off windowsills. The throwing form of the sling didn't need flexible material. Such a sling entwined with rope or leather straps was no less destructive in its power than its modern form.

  • Living History Living History, a New Phenomenon Travel Back in Time to Experience the World of Knights and Princesses

    Do you also sometimes wonder what it would be like to be born in the Middle Ages, for example? Fans of history know well that life in previous centuries was no bed of roses. Some of us still want to know and experience what it was like. So, what can you do when watching historical films stops being enough and you want to experience history first-hand? You should get to know living history. What are the rules and why is it quite a struggle to get used to the ways of old?

  • Nože A Knife Is an Ideal Helper in Life but Also an Insidious Weapon

    You couldn’t really find a more versatile tool. The knife was one of the first weapons and also household helpers. We can see it in the cutlery drawer, in battle reconstructions, in self-defence lessons, in shops or when collecting mushrooms. Everybody uses one, most of us can handle it deftly. Where did it come from and how did it evolve over the centuries?

  • Kuše Today, Crossbows Can Be Found in the Army As Well As among Hunters, They Don’t Just Belong in the Middle Ages

    An interesting and quiet killer that’s always at hand and ready to fire. That’s how a crossbow could be described. Most of us imagine a medieval weapon that’s no longer in use, but that’s not quite the truth. Similarly to bows, crossbows have a well-deserved position today in sport.

  • Historický šerm Historical Fencing Is a Combination of Sport and Chivalrous Virtues

    Even today, we can hear sounds of a battle and the clanking of swords coming out from castles and chateaux. The men, who pretend to fight in front of a monument’s visitors, run around the courtyard in period clothing. Demonstrations of historical fencing are extremely popular with Czech spectators, but don’t be fooled by the belief that everything is only pretence. The swordsmen themselves undergo training that even a real medieval mercenary wouldn’t be ashamed of.

  • Třicetiletá válka The Thirty Years' War Changed Europe Beyond Recognition

    The Thirty Years' War could be described as the one of the largest armed conflicts, that spread devastation over much of Europe. It began in 1618 as the culmination of disputes between the Roman Catholic Church and Protestants. Everything was caused by the Reformation in the sixteenth century. An equally important cause of the war was the struggle for political supremacy with regard to European countries.

  • Samuraj The Samurai Never Attacked First, the Honour Was What Mattered to Them

    We can’t imagine action films without elite agents who, on account of their special training, can neutralise the enemy and therefore ensure the mission’s complete success. Most people assume that special forces have been a matter in more recent decades. This is not the case. Secret agents could be found in Japan hundreds of years ago. They called them the samurai.

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