This article is dedicated to the military history of Ancient Greece between the 8th and the 5th centuries BC. It was the time of flourishing city-states, with well-equipped and well-trained armies to defend them. Ancient Greek armies can be said to…
The Army of Vlad Dracula or Vlad the Impaler
Everyone has heard of Count Dracula, popularized by Bram Stoker's brilliant novel about Dracula, the quintessential vampire. The Count Dracula in this article was not (at least we hope so) the blood-thirsty vampire we know from stories and legends.…
Dungeons and Prisons: A Glimpse into the History of Prison
The Tower of London, the French Bastille or the American Alcatraz. Prisons and torture have been a common practice across the entire human history. Do you know what it was like to be a prisoner in the Middle Ages? Have you ever heard of shame masks,…
Outdoor Cooking - History
Cooking is an art. Today's chefs as well as their predecessors would certainly confirm that. What cooking methods, utensils or ingredients did cooks use in centuries before us? And can we benefit from their knowledge today? Take a look into the past!
Who Were the Fearless Varangians?
Did you know that some Viking groups formed alliances and friendships with Slavic nations? Viking expeditions were not only headed to the West. They travelled down the many waterways of the eastern Baltic Sea, into modern Eastern Europe and Russia.…
The Life of the Vikings: From Settlements to Sea Journeys
The harsh Nordic lands were too overpopulated, pushing the Vikings out into the open sea in search for new lands, where they founded new settlements - the British Isles, north-western France and many other places. The descendants of the Vikings…
Viking Weapons and Armour
The first states began to emerge on European territory in uneasy and difficult times. The Iberian Peninsula was dominated by Muslims, and various nomadic tribes poured in from the eastern steppes. As if it weren't enough, the Vikings began invading…
Pirates - Merciless Criminals of the Sea
Pirates were the sailors’ nightmare. The vision of getting rich quickly has often driven pirates to unprecedented cruelty. Some people today may see pirates as heroes fighting against the rich members of the society, but this was not really the case…
Gurkhas and Kukri
Gurkhas are soldiers of the Indian Subcontinent, famous for their bravery and the Kukri combat knives. They fought in both world wars alongside Britain and were known for their military prowess. Brave Gurkhas were unstoppable. Their closest…
William Tell - The Hero of the Oppressed Who Stood up to Tyranny
Did William Tell really shoot an apple off his son's head, like the Swiss legend says? We have looked into the facts to see what really happened. Find out which adaptation of the famous tale caused a big stir among viewers and why.
Robin Hood - Myths and Facts
A hero for some, a thief for others. Robin Hood is a fascinating character, but it is not easy to answer all the unclear questions surrounding him. Where did he come from, and did he really steal from the rich and give to the poor? Read the article…
The History of Crusades - Part 3: King Sigismund's Unsuccessful Campaigns
In the last part of our story, we return to 14th and 15th century Europe, when armies of knights under the banner of the cross marched against the Turks and the "heretics". The son of the Father of the Homeland (Charles IV), Sigismund of Luxembourg,…
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