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The Role of Women in the Crusades

As far as the military campaigns went, women played virtually no part in the crusades. From the beginning of the movement popes had urged...

The Sacred Legendary “Sword of the Huns” and its Meaning

The Huns are said to have worshipped a sacred sword. At Attila's court the East Roman ambassadors were told the following story: When a certain...

The Army of Saladin, Their Tactics and Equipment for Fighting Against the Crusaders

For a little under two centuries, from 1099 to 1291, Europe fought a series of wars and battles for control of the Holy places...

The Rise and Fall of the Abbasid Dynasty

The Abbasids defeated the Umayyads to claim the caliphate and leadership of the Muslim world in 750. The Abbasids based their legitimacy as rulers...

Eleanor of Aquitaine – The Most Powerful Woman From Feudal Europe

Eleanor of Aquitaine was born in 1122 to William X, duke of Aquitaine and count of Poitou, and Aenor, daughter of the viscountess of Châtellerault....

The Story of Gjergj Kastrioti Skanderbeg – A True Enemy to the Sultan

Early life of Gjergj Kastrioti Gjergj Kastrioti, the younger son of Gjon Kastrioti, was born, as it is surmised, about the year 1405. Still as a...

Napoleon I Bonaparte and His Rise to Power – From Nothing to Emperor

Who was Napoleon Bonaparte? Napoleon Bonaparte is regarded as one of the greatest military commanders in history, changing the map of Europe and developing new...

Napoleon I Bonaparte – From Emperor to Exile

CONQUEST OF EUROPE Bonaparte returned to Italy, which had been taken back by the Austrians while he had been preoccupied in Egypt. He entered Italy...

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