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22 08, 2017

St. Nicholas – Christian saints

By |2018-04-24T23:09:09-07:00August 22nd, 2017|Medieval, Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Nicholas hands the purses through the window to the poor girls (Chartres Cathedral, about 1200 AD) St. Nicholas is a Christian saint who is one source for the idea of Santa Claus. According to the story, Nicolas was born in the Roman Empire (in modern Turkey) about 270 AD. This was a time when a lot of people were [...]

20 08, 2017

Bishop Ambrose of Milan – History of Christianity

By |2019-01-24T04:58:18-07:00August 20th, 2017|Religion, Romans|0 Comments

Bishop Ambrose of Milan Who was Bishop Ambrose? By the later 300s AD, the Roman emperors were all Christians. So more and more of the people of the empire converted to Christianity. One of the most important men who encouraged people to convert was Ambrose, the bishop of Milan in northern Italy. The Roman Emperor Theodosius More about [...]

4 08, 2017

Francis of Assisi – Medieval Europe

By |2018-10-02T06:59:07-07:00August 4th, 2017|Medieval, Religion|0 Comments

Francis of Assisi gives his father back his clothes (Giotto, in Assisi) Who was Francis of Assisi? By 1200 AD, the Catholic Church was very powerful. Bishops and popes were often rich men. They cared more about getting rich collecting tithes than they did about praying or helping poor people. What is a bishop? What is the pope? History of [...]