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5 09, 2017

Medieval stained glass, eyeglasses, and modern glass

By |2019-04-16T13:03:48-07:00September 5th, 2017|Medieval, Modern, Science|0 Comments

Medieval glass: Islamic glass (probably Iraq, 800s AD, now in the Metropolitan Museum, New York) Medieval glass-making By the 1100s, glass-making was expanding again from West Asia; there were glassworks further east at Kuva in Central Asia (modern Uzbekistan). Who invented glass? Blowing glass Islamic science Medieval European science  All our medieval Europe articles Venice and [...]

5 09, 2017

Heloise and Abelard – Middle Ages in Europe

By |2019-08-09T12:02:30-07:00September 5th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

Heloise and Abelard Who was Heloise? The story of Heloise (HELL-oh-ees) and her husband Peter Abelard is one of the saddest stories of Western history. Heloise was born about 1100 AD. (This was just a few years after the Norman Conquest). When Heloise was a young woman, about twenty years old, she lived with [...]

30 07, 2017

Medieval cathedrals – Architecture

By |2019-09-13T06:43:48-07:00July 30th, 2017|Medieval|19 Comments

Medieval cathedrals: Façade of Amiens cathedral in France What is a cathedral? A cathedral is any Christian church where a bishop has his headquarters. No matter how big a church is, if there's no bishop working in it, then it's not a cathedral. More about bishops Medieval architecture Lots more Middle Ages articles For instance, the cathedral [...]

23 06, 2017

Swimming in the Middle Ages

By |2017-06-23T22:29:33-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Games, Medieval|0 Comments

Women swimming in the Seljuk kingdom (1494 AD) The fall of the Roman Empire and the Sassanian Empire in the 500s AD doesn't seem to have made much difference to swimming. People in the medieval Islamic Empire kept right on swimming. Women and men still swam, naked as always. Men and women [...]

24 05, 2017

What is a transept? Medieval Architecture

By |2018-04-15T10:15:07-07:00May 24th, 2017|Architecture, History|0 Comments

Transept of Rouen cathedral (France, 1200s AD) Transepts were part of medieval Christian churches. Most churches were shaped like a cross, to remind people about Jesus' crucifixion, and the transept is the cross-piece of the cross. Floor plan of Chartres Cathedral Sometimes there were big rose windows (round windows) and doors [...]

19 05, 2017

Medieval African Art

By |2019-09-14T06:45:32-07:00May 19th, 2017|Africa|6 Comments

Medieval African art: Two men riding an elephant, in an Indian style (Asbi, Ethiopia, ca. 1000-1200 AD) African art got even better in the Middle Ages, after about 400 AD. By this time, nearly all of the people of Africa were trading and getting richer, and making more complicated pieces of art to [...]