Monthly Archives: August 2013

THE BATTLE OF MANZIKERT: BYZANTIUM’S TERRIBLE DAY

In an arid, upland Armenian valley on a hot August day in 1071AD, the Eastern Roman/Byzantine army was destroyed by the Seljuk Turks. There, near the town of Manzikert, the course of medieval history and the map of the Near … Continue reading

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ISLAMIC ZEAL CRASHES AGAINST THE WALLS OF CONSTANTINOPLE (AND A DARK AGES SUPER WEAPON!)

The Second Siege of Constantinople: July 717-August 718 (This is a guest cross-post from the amazingly funny and informative blog, GRAPHIC FIRING TABLE. Please take time to go visit that blog; I guarantee you wont be disappointed.) I wanted to … Continue reading

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THE VIKINGS: AN ENDURING (AND SAVAGE) FASCINATION

A  furore Normannorum libera nos, Domine: “From the fury of the Northmen deliver us, O Lord.” This simple prayer was once on the lips of churchmen and parishioners across all of northern Europe; as sleek, dragon-prowed longships carried savage bands … Continue reading

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