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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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