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European Warfare – Military history

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

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 [...]

Weapons, war, and armor in medieval Europe

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

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 [...]

Hundred Years’ War – Medieval Europe

By |2018-04-12T00:08:03+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

The place where the British burned Joan of Arc alive in Rouen 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 - to be the king of the united empire of France [...]

History of Gunpowder: Gunpowder in ancient China

By |2018-10-02T09:40:12+00:00June 7th, 2017|China, Science, War|

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 [...]