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Prince and the Pauper project

By |2017-08-05T11:32:58+00:00August 5th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Edward VI Mark Twain wrote "The Prince and the Pauper" about the young prince Edward in the days just before and just after the death of his father, Henry VIII. You can learn a lot about England in the time of Henry VIII and Edward VI by reading this book - plus, it's a great story! [...]

Richard III project – Wars of the Roses

By |2018-04-11T09:14:12+00:00August 3rd, 2017|History|

Richard III of England For a project on the Wars of the Roses, you can't do better than Shakespeare. Shakespeare wrote a play about the Wars of the Roses. He called the play "Richard III" after one of the main characters. The play starts at the point in the war where Edward IV is king, [...]

The Lombards – Early Medieval Italy

By |2018-04-15T16:50:52+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Lombard Christian altar (700s AD) (University of Alabama) In 568 AD, a Turkic people, the Avars, pushed the Indo-European Lombards out of their home in Central Europe. This was the westernmost edge of a general tendency for Turkic people to take over more of Asia around this time. The Lombards moved south into northern Italy, and conquered it from [...]

Maktab – Medieval Islamic schools

By |2018-04-23T15:30:39+00:00July 26th, 2017|Islam, People|

Boys in Mauretania learning Quran verses from wooden tablets In the Islamic empire and in Africa, as in West Asia before Islam, most kids never went to school. Both girls and boys usually worked in the fields, plowing or weeding. But some boys, especially from richer families, went to a maktab (Arabic for "grade school"). Most towns had a small maktab [...]