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High Middle Ages – 800 AD to 1100 AD

By |2018-04-21T12:09:39-07:00September 10th, 2017|History, Medieval|

Lewis chessmen, carved in walrus ivory in the 1100s AD, probably in Norway, and found in Scotland About 1000 AD, the world's climate got a few degrees warmer. This small climate change caused many other changes. In North America, Tuniit people moved south from the Arctic into Greenland. But then the Inuit wiped them out. The Inuit were probably trading [...]

What is silk? Ancient Chinese clothing

By |2018-09-21T06:05:50-07:00June 8th, 2017|China, Clothing|

Silkworms and silk history Silkworms make silk People make silk from the cocoons of silkworms. Have you ever seen a butterfly cocoon? It is just like that. You have to take zillions of these cocoons and unwind them carefully, and that makes long threads like spider webs, and you spin these together to [...]

End of T’ang Dynasty China – Uighurs and Buddhists

By |2018-04-18T09:53:37-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Emperor Wuzong Hsuan Tsung's son, the T'ang Emperor Suzong, asked a neighboring power, the Uighur Empire, to help him crush An Lu-shan's rebellion, and by 757 AD, thanks to the Uighur army, Suzong was able to get An Lu-shan assassinated. Still there was more civil war until 763 AD. These wars wrecked China [...]

Song Dynasty China – Medieval China

By |2019-01-19T11:22:27-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, History|

Water-driven grain mill (Song Dynasty) from the Qingming Shang He Tu Northern Song Dynasty The first part of the Song Dynasty is called the Northern Song. In 960 AD, one of the generals of the declining T'ang Dynasty managed to reunify China under his control. The T'ang Dynasty Lots of China articles Emperor [...]

Song Dynasty Chinese Clothing

By |2018-04-18T09:54:19-07:00June 6th, 2017|China, Clothing|

Song Dynasty (1100s AD) silk and gold woman's jacket Huang Family tomb, in Fuzhou During the Song Dynasty, in the 1100s AD, most people still wore clothes made of hemp, but rich people continued to wear silk clothing. Both men and women wore robes with very wide sleeves for formal occasions (but not [...]

Song Dynasty Chinese Art – Medieval China

By |2018-05-03T14:34:27-07:00June 6th, 2017|Art, China|

Fan Kuan, "Traveling amid Streams and Mountains" (National Palace Museum, Taipei) Landscape painting got even better under the Song Dynasty than it had been under the T'ang Dynasty that came before. Artists emphasized the simple lines of the mountains, rivers, and trees, trying to create a feeling with the fewest possible lines. Most [...]

Song Dynasty architecture – medieval China

By |2018-11-13T13:48:35-07:00June 5th, 2017|Architecture, China|

Liuhe Pagoda (Hangzhou, 1165 AD) Buddhist pagodas The architecture of the Song Dynasty, beginning in the 900s AD, continued the tradition of Buddhist pagodas. People wanted their pagodas to be tall and thin, with high spires. Architects started to build Buddhist pagodas out of stone. To make them fancier, pagodas had complicated wooden [...]