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  • 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.

  • SPQR Ancient Rome, Unrestrained Passion for Pleasure, but Also Profound Suffering

    For the Romans, watching savage arena games related to unlimited drinking and enjoyment. However, the Roman people did not only lay foundations for games and public entertainment, but also for the development of the modern society. The famous thriving empire on the one hand, strict upbringing, and violent fights on the other. What made the Ancient Rome so unique? Discover a few more secrets.

  • Sword, the Most Valuable Viking Weapon

    People commonly associate the Vikings with violent savages raiding more civilized nations around them. Only a few people know that the Vikings were also established traders and craftsmen. The skills of some Viking blacksmiths were so extraordinary that their weapons are said to be 1000 years ahead of their time. Were swords the most common Viking weapons? How did they forge them?

  • viking titulek Vikings: How Historically Accurate is the Series?

    Confident and violent warriors with axes and shields who raided wide areas of Europe. They fought like one nation. So are the Vikings portrayed in the popular series from Canadian-Irish co-production. “Vikings“ (2013) has fans all around the globe. How much different were the real Vikings from those in the series?

  • 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?

  • rytir turnaj titulek The Greatest Fun in the Middle Ages? Knights on Horses with Lances

    Whenever knightly tournaments are mentioned, a festive clash of horse riders marching against each other will surely come to everyone’s mind, just like in fairy tales. However, merry flags, proud knights, jugglers and noble ladies were but a fraction of what these tournaments were truly about. The lesser known side of these events included metal rattling, broken lances and deadly injuries. Let's take a closer look at the greatest celebrations of the Middle Ages.

  • What Were Musketeers Really Like?

    There is probably nobody who has never heard of the famous novel, The Three Musketeers. Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d’Artagnan are arguably the most famous literary characters of all time. Nimble and charming fighters for justice were first depicted by Alexandre Dumas, and ever since, the motif of French knights of 16th and 17th centuries has appeared in several theatre and film adaptations. However, not everyone is aware that musketeers really existed. How much different were historical musketeers from their literary depictions?

  • 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.

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