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Theodoric and the Ostrogoths

By |2017-08-02T14:37:31+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Ostrogothic helmet By 476 AD, the Ostrogoths were still living north of the Black Sea, but the Roman Emperors no longer had any practical power in the West. In that year, the last Roman Emperor in the West, Romulus Augustulus, was deposed, and a Hun named Odoacer took charge of what was left of the Western Empire (mainly Italy). Odoacer sent [...]

Arcadius to Justin – Byzantine History

By |2018-03-20T10:40:03+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

The Roman emperor Arcadius Honorius and Arcadius After the death of Theodosius in 395 AD, the empire fell to his sons, the west to Honorius and the east to Arcadius. Arcadius left all the work to his adviser Ricimer, who seems to have been the one to make the fateful decision that he could not successfully defend the [...]

Hildebrandsleid – a tragic story

By |2018-04-21T13:19:56+00:00June 27th, 2017|Literature, Northern Europe|

Pictish battle (Aberlemno, Scotland, ca. 700 AD) The story of Hildebrand is one of the earliest stories written in German. Nobody knows who wrote this story or exactly when, but we think somebody must have written this version about 700 AD. The earliest copy of the story that we still have was written [...]