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 Europe during the 9th century. Our three-part article is dedicated to the Viking weapons and customs, as well as their most dangerous enemies.
Try adding a little adventure to your champagne-drinking experience, and open a bottle in an unconventional way. Try cutting the top of the bottle neck off with a sabre before pouring sparkling wine to your glass! This article introduces the technique of sabrage and useful tips on how to perform it safely at home.
Chainmail armour, or ring armour, was the most widespread and longest-used type of armour throughout history. From Antiquity to the Early Modern Period (or even longer in certain regions), ring armour was widely used by warriors throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Asian steppes, Persia and India, China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan. Read on and find out why this armour was so popular!
Each historical period came up with new fashion trends and styles. Those who wanted to fit in had to adapt to evolving clothing styles. In the Romanesque Art, clothing was often not very close-fitting. The Gothic Era wanted to highlight the natural shape of the body, while the Renaissance defied natural human curves. Read on to find out where to buy historical costumes, and other interesting facts.