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  • 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.

  • 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?

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