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  • templář titulek Templars

    Only a few orders have raised such enormous interest and intense emotions as the Order of the Templars. Both loved and hated, the Knights Templar had a gold poach in one hand and a sword blessed by the God of Christianity, in another. The primary quest of Templars was to serve as Defenders of Christianity, protect pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem and even protect the Holy Grail. But who were they really? What did their life look like? What was the true reason for the existence of their order?

  • living titulek Living history – History Coming Alive

    Living history (LH) is an activity that seeks to re-enact and present life in the past in the most authentic way possible. It doesn’t have to be a re-enactment of a certain historical battle. Living history attempts to show ordinary, day-to-day life or our ancestors.

  • keltové titulek Even Caesar Was Afraid of Them. What Were the Celts Really Like?

    A group of half-naked barbarians with swords and axes against the formation of Caesar’s soldiers. The barbarians seem eager to fight, without a sign of fear in their eyes. They let out a piercing war cry and surge forward, crashing into the Roman line. This is how famous military leaders described a clash with the feared Celts. What were the Celts really like?

  • gladiator titulek Who Were Gladiators? From Slaves to Celebrities

    What did favourite ancient entertainment look like? Desperate slaves fighting for their lives in front of an enormous audience. Next to it, pompous victorious celebrations of crowds’ favourites. Gladiator battles were not just about survival. On the one hand, gladiators had a tough life. But the truth is, some of them did so by choice. In amphitheatres, free men or even emperors appeared with a dagger in hand, seeking fame. How did the gladiator phenomenon kick off, and what was the background?

  • Turnajová zbroj Medieval tournaments arms

    The Middle Ages could be really harsh sometimes. People experienced plenty of cruel war conflicts, crop failures resulting in sinister famines or epidemics of deadly diseases such as the infamous “Black Death”. However, times like these did not stop our ancestors from seeking fun. In 11th century French noblemen came up with a tournament – basically a fake combat between the knights. This game soon gained massive popularity among European aristocrats in spite of its danger and critical attitude of the Church.

  • Husité Hussite weapons

    Jan Hus (John Huss) was a priest and master of philosophy from Prague University who was inspired by an English reformist John Wycliffe. Hus criticized the Catholic Church generally for abusing its power. In 1415 the Council of Constance decided to burn him to death as heretic.

  • Holy lance The Spear of Destiny

    Have you heard about a spear which according to the old legends gives its owner the power to dominate the world? And that a lot of decisive battles have been won by military leaders who possessed it? It is known by several different names – The Spear of Destiny, The Holy Lance, The Holy Spear or The Lance of Longinus. Longinus was a Roman soldier who stabbed Jesus Christ with his lance. Since that moment the lance had been held by many important statesmen through the world history.

  • Halberds Halberds

    The primary weapon of Swiss soldiers of 14th and 15th century used to be a long wooden staff (Halm) with an axe (Barte) on its end. Linking these two words together gave the weapon its name. Halberds were broadly used mainly by mercenary units (called lansquenet) in the German lands (Holy Roman Empire) but became quite popular abroad as well.

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