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Manuel I Komnenos
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Manuel I Komnenos

Manuel I Komnenos was emperor of the Byzantine Empire from 1143 to 1180 CE. Manuel continued the ambitious campaigns of his grandfather Alexios I and father John II to aggressively expand the boundaries of his empire. Manuel turned out to...
Medieval Knights: 12 of the Best
Articleby Mark Cartwright

Medieval Knights: 12 of the Best

The knights of medieval Europe were meant to be the finest fighting men of their age, even more important, they were expected to be pure in thought and deed, as exemplified in the chivalrous code which they (usually) followed. Here are the...
Castle Keep
Definitionby Mark Cartwright

Castle Keep

The keep, located within a courtyard and surrounded by a curtain wall, was the heart of a medieval castle. The hall keep was a low building while the tower keep or donjon could have three or more floors and be topped by turrets and battlements...
Confucianism
Definitionby Joshua J. Mark

Confucianism

Confucianism is a philosophy developed in 6th-century BCE China, which is considered by some a secular-humanist belief system, by some a religion, and by others a social code. The broad range of subjects touched on by Confucianism lends itself...
How to Become a Medieval Knight
Articleby Mark Cartwright

How to Become a Medieval Knight

In medieval society a knight enjoyed a position of high status and often wealth, they were feared on the battlefield and known for their chivalry off it, but it took a long time and a lot of training to get there. Trained in weapons handling...
William Penn
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William Penn

A stained glass window depicting William Penn (1644–1718 CE), the founder of the Province of Pennsylvania. Made by J. and R. Lamb Studio c. 1905 CE.
Sack of Rome (1527 CE)
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Sack of Rome (1527 CE)

The Papal Swiss Guard make a last stand during the Sack of Rome in 1527 CE, illustrated by Zvonimir Grbasic. Courtesy of Medieval Warfare Magazine / Karwansaray Publishers.
Everyday Women's Fashion from Colonial Massachusetts
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Everyday Women's Fashion from Colonial Massachusetts

Illustration of everyday attire from Massachusetts, c. 1757 CE. From Historic Dress in America 1607 - 1800 by Elisabeth McClellan. Published in Philadelphia by George W. Jacobs and Company, 1904 CE.
George Washington at Princeton
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George Washington at Princeton

George Washington at Princeton, 1779 CE, by American painter Charles Willson Peale (l. 1741-1827 CE). Peale painted over 60 portraits of Washington (1732–1799 CE) and many of other notable figures of the time. George Washington at Princeton...
Eight-Dollar Continental Bill, 1775
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Eight-Dollar Continental Bill, 1775

An eight-dollar bill minted by the Continental Congress in 1775. Collection of the Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
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