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7 08, 2017

European Warfare – Military history

By |2018-04-20T08:25:05-07:00August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, War|0 Comments

British cannon from the Hundred Years' War (now at Mont St. Michel) Not long before 1500 AD, everything medieval soldiers did in wars suddenly changed. First, Europeans learned how to make and use gunpowder from Central Asian scientists, and they put gunpowder into metal cannons. Once you had cannons, you could blow holes in thick castle walls and in soldiers' armor, and [...]

4 08, 2017

Weapons, war, and armor in medieval Europe

By |2017-08-04T13:56:30-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, War|0 Comments

British cannon from the Hundred Years' War (now at Mount St. Michel) Throughout the Middle Ages, nobody in Europe had much money or power. Kings couldn't afford to maintain a standing, professional army the way the Romans had. Instead, when the king wanted to fight a war, he ordered each of his lords [...]

2 08, 2017

Hundred Years’ War – Medieval Europe

By |2019-09-04T12:01:37-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|0 Comments

The place where the British burned Joan of Arc alive in Rouen during the Hundred Years' War The last Capetian king When the last French king in the direct Capetian line died in 1328 AD, the English king Edward III, who already held a large part of France, claimed the right to rule all of France. He [...]

7 06, 2017

History of Gunpowder: Gunpowder in ancient China

By |2019-09-05T06:41:13-07:00June 7th, 2017|China|174 Comments

History of gunpowder: Fireworks Who invented gunpowder? Like the idea of zero, gunpowder developed gradually over time. In 142 AD, during the Han Dynasty, a man named Wei Boyang was the first to write anything about gunpowder. He wrote about a mixture of three powders that would "fly and dance" violently. We aren't [...]