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Christian saints – History of Christianity

By |2017-08-23T10:21:12+00:00August 23rd, 2017|Religion, Romans|

St. Francis of Assisi, painted by Giotto in the early 1300s AD From early on, Christians believed that some holy people, when they died, not only went to heaven but had the special attention of Jesus. These people had special powers themselves. So they could cure sicknesses and answer prayers of all kinds. Christians called these [...]

Challenges and disabilities in the ancient world

By |2018-04-24T11:07:10+00:00August 16th, 2017|Medieval, Romans, Science|

(Bosch, the Ship of Fools) In the ancient and medieval worlds, many more people were physically and mentally challenged than there are in the United States, or practically anywhere, today. There were no operations to fix club feet, or cleft palates, or heart murmurs. There were no antidepressants or antipsychotics for people who heard [...]

Northern France with kids!

By |2018-04-20T08:20:20+00:00August 15th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Amiens labyrinth In northern France, drive first from Paris to Bayeux to see the Bayeux Tapestry. There are good audioguides for both adults and kids. Going through all the panels of the tapestry is as interesting as reading comic strips! If you have time, the next day check out Mont St. Michel. It's a great Romanesque [...]

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 [...]

Joan of Arc project – Hundred Years’ War

By |2017-08-02T17:14:22+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Joan of Arc (painted about fifty years after she was killed) Joan of Arc and Henry V of England are the people most people remember best from the Hundred Years' War. Joan's life was so exciting! Imagine that you're Joan - a twelve year old girl, living quietly at home on a farm, and [...]

Inside Reims cathedral – Nave and Transept

By |2017-07-31T09:49:52+00:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Elevation of the nave inside Reims cathedral One difference between Chartres cathedral and Reims cathedral was that at Reims they didn't build a deep gallery over the aisle. Instead, they just put in a shallow, fake gallery, that looked lighter. As at Chartres, this gallery is tiny compared to the big arches underneath. On the [...]