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What is typhus? History of diseases

By |2017-09-07T10:30:32+00:00September 7th, 2017|Science|

A woman with typhus Nobody seems to have caught typhus before about 1450 AD, so the disease probably didn't exist until then. Typhus is an infection caused by tiny germs (bacteria) that live inside animal cells, and most people caught the germs from lice, when the lice bit them (the lice die of typhus too). [...]

Late Middle Ages – history of Europe

By |2018-04-11T09:13:14+00:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Burying people who died of plague In the Late Middle Ages, the Mongol Empire brought peace to most of Asia, and encouraged trade along the Silk Road. Poland, Russia, and Italy profited from this trade. Europe was making more and more stuff to sell on the Silk Road, especially wool cloth. By the early 1300s, however, the Mongol Empire was collapsing, and [...]

Almohad Caliphate – Medieval Islam

By |2018-04-23T15:23:01+00:00July 23rd, 2017|History, Islam|

Rabat gate, Morocco, about 1200 AD During the 1100s AD, while the Ayyubids were taking over Egypt, the Almohad dynasty managed to conquer and rule the rest of North Africa (modern Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) and Iberia (modern Spain and Portugal). When they conquered Cordoba in 1148, the Almohads threw all the Jews out of town, among them the young Maimonides. [...]

Nasrid palaces – the Alhambra

By |2017-07-23T08:04:16+00:00July 23rd, 2017|Architecture, Islam, Medieval|

Court of the Lions, Alhambra (1200s AD) By 1250 AD, the Christian kings of Spain had pushed the Almohads south so that they only ruled just the city of Granada, far in the south of Spain. Because they were such losers, the Almohads in Granada were soon overthrown by new Islamic rulers called the Nasrids. There in [...]