What It’s Like to Fight in Armor

You may be surprised. While there are certainly stories about knights who drowned in shallow water because they couldn’t stand up in armor, that wasn’t the norm. [Read more...]

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Reenacting A Crusader Battle

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Last week, a group of Russian and Israeli history buffs and reenactors staged the Battle of Hattin, in which Saladin routed the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem near the same extinct volcano in Israel where the original battle was fought July 3rd and 4th, 1187. Replete with swords, shields and body armor, the group marched 27 kilometers [Read More...]

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The Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens in Minecraft

Utterly astonishing. Here’s the real thing. [Read more...]

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Jesus Destroys Satan

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The Earliest Known Depiction of Witches On Brooms, and What It Tells Us About Evil

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This marginal illustration comes from Le champion des dames (A Defense of Women) by Martin Le France, 1451. Martin was secretary to both Antipope Felix V and Pope Nicholas V. His work is a 24,000-verse (!) poem extolling the virtues of women, but also condemning heresy and corruption. The witches are identified Vaudois, or Waldensians, who were accused of practicing witchcraft and [Read More...]

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Exorcising A Possessed Statue of The Virgin Mary and Child

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Four scenes from the life of St. Peter of Verona (1206 – April 6, 1252), also known as Peter Martyr, are depicted in frescoes at the Portinari Chapel, at the Basilica of Sant’Eustorgio, Milan. One of these shows an incident from his life in which he exorcised a possessed statue of the infant Jesus and the Blessed [Read More...]

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Why Obama Was Wrong About The Crusades

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I wrote something on the Crusades flap for Catholic World Report. Here’s the beginning: It’s not hard for President Obama to stir outrage. Six years into his presidency, all he has to do is speak to make the opposition angry. Sometimes it’s justified, sometimes not. At the National Prayer Breakfast, following his condemnation of ISIS [Read More...]

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Medieval Dog Lovers

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From Gaston Phoebus “The Master of Game” (14th century) comes this illumination showing men caring for their dogs. Is that dog on the bottom left getting a … pedicure?!   [Read more...]

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