Monthly Archives: November 2012

Renaissance Weapons Revisited

As time marches forward, the world must find ways to adjust to the changes around them.  In each new era, new things are brought in and old things fade away.  When it comes to the Renaissance period, this is no … Continue reading

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The Civil War: Beyond The History Book

Known as the deadliest war in American history, the Civil War resulted in the deaths of around 210,000 soldiers killed in action for a grand total of 625,000 casualties.  60% of these deaths were due to illness.  In examining this … Continue reading

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Model Behavoir

In examining codes of behavior, I am sure you are familiar with chivalry, but have you heard of Bushido?  Literally meaning “the way of the warrior”, Bushido is a Japanese word for the way of the samurai life.  Basically, this … Continue reading

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Law And Order

Unlike America’s democracy of today, Viking society was self-regulated.  Law and order was based on the Thing system, which was established in 600 AD.  Under this system, there were legislative and judicial powers.  However, the Vikings had no written law, … Continue reading

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Armored and Dangerous

During the Middle Ages, the battlefield was a ruthless place to be.  Thus, the only hope a knight had to survive a fight was his armor.  A knight’s armor equipped him to be a living fortress that could withstand the … Continue reading

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Care Each Day Keeps The Rust Away

Picture this scenario: you have had your eye on that prized sword for months.  You imagine the excitement of having that shiny blade in your very own hands, as it means you are one step closer to becoming a swordsman.  … Continue reading

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What’s The Big Deal?

Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great, is a historical figure that you have no doubt heard of.  Bearing the title of Holy Roman Emperor and King of the Franks, he is not only a man, but also a myth … Continue reading

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The Scutum: A Comforting Thought

Every era of warfare has that one weapon that stands out in the crowd.  For example in ancient Greece, it was the hoplon shield and in Rome, it was the scutum. In examining the defining weapons of Rome, one of … Continue reading

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The Medieval Shield: Weaponry Or Art?

For a knight or soldier during the Middle Ages, a shield not only offered solid protection from those brutal blows from their adversaries, but this piece also served as a weapon.  As part of their training, men practiced for hours … Continue reading

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