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?
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.
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?
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?