Tag Archives: Asia

The Legend of the White Snake: A Chinese Mélusine Story

  A husband ‘accidentally’ glimpses into his wife’s bedchamber only to discover that the lady whom he believed to be fair, noble, and undoubtedly human – is in fact a (partial) snake. This unfortunate discovery, though hushed for a short … Continue reading

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The Scourge of God: The (in)Visibility of Mongols in Russian History and Memory

Abstract: Despite having a long and fascinating national history, there is a two-hundred year period that is regarded by the Russian people as a horrendous and humiliating black mark upon their nation’s past. This was consequently titled (by Russians) as the … Continue reading

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Marco Polo: Facts, Biography & Travels

  Marco Polo traveling. Miniature from the book “The Travels of Marco Polo” (“Il Milione”). Credit: Public domain Marco Polo was one of the first and most famous Europeans to travel to Asia during the Middle Ages. He traveled farther … Continue reading

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Top 10 Strange Weapons of the Middle Ages

What were some of the more unusual weapons used by medieval armies? We put together a list of the strangest weapons that were ever used (or even designed) in the Middle Ages.

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Strange Bedfellows : The Rise of the Military Religious Orders in the Twelfth Century

Abstract: Most people would not describe Christian monks as militaristic. However, there are instances in history when Christians have strayed from their basic pacifist beliefs in the name of defending their religion. The most famous example of this would be the Military Orders … Continue reading

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Medieval Islamic Thought and the ‘What is X?’ Question

Introduction: In his early dialogues Plato presents a Socrates who goes around raising the famous “what is x?” question and receiving no satisfactory answer. In the case of Medieval Islamic Thought the raising of the “what is x?” question is fraught … Continue reading

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Crash Course: The Mongols

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