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Donald Duck Examines the the Jelling Stone © Disney/Egmont

13. March 2017 by


Donald Duck goes to Jelling


The Rune Stones at Jelling are in for a renewed scrutiny by Donald Duck and his bright nephews, when the search goes on for a unique Viking necklace.

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The Capitulation of Granada by F Pradilla

9. January 2017 by


Commemorating the Conquest of Granada 1492


This week the re-conquest of Granada in 1492 was once more celebrated in the streets while a squabble broke out among politicians, artists and historians about the (lack of) political correctness.

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Donald Trump and Family

11. November 2016 by


Enter the Medieval Clan


This week we have witnessed a shift in global politics difficult to come to terms with. One way is by imagining a post-liberal, clannish, medieval society.

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The Frescoes from the Monastery in Sigena in the Art Museum in Barcelona

10. November 2016 by


Monastery of Santa María de Sigena


Nearly destroyed in 1936 during the Civil War, the murals from Santa María de Sigena are at the centre of a vicious fight between Catalonia and Aragon

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Norcia destroyed in earthquake

31. October 2016 by


Benedictine Basilica in Norcia Crumbles


In 2000 a group of monks returned to Norcia in Southern Umbria to live out their vocation in the birthplace of St. Benedict. This autumn it has all crumbled

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Drought in Syria Worst in 900 years

12. August 2016 by


Syrian Drought Worst in 900 Years


The newly published Old World Drought Atlas was recently used to gauge the seriousness of the Syrian Draught, the like of which has not been seen for 900 years.

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detail Statue in front of the Kremlin

27. January 2016 by


Kremlin under Siege


UNESCO considers removing World Heritage Status from the Kremlin due to the erection of a massive statue of Vladimir the Great

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Taharrush Jamai in Cairo web

19. January 2016 by


Taharrush Jama’i – and Medieval Charivari


How shall we understand the events on New Years Eve in Cologne? As the acts of sexually famished young men? As the reflection of another culture? Religion? Or were they primarily culturally inspired coordinated political acts? Comparison with the medieval charivari institution points in that direction

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Refugees in Croatia © Dreamstime 59795051

5. November 2015 by


Martinmas at Dugo Selo


Next week people in Dugo Selo on the Balkan Route will celebrate the traditional Martinmass. Hopefully they – and we – will remember that St. Martin is famous for having cut his cloak in two

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