Category: MEDIEVAL

7 Famous Knights of the Middle Ages

Medieval knights were among the celebrities of their day – warriors, leaders, and scholars. They became figures of romance and inspiration, giving them a special…

The Tide Turns – One Battle Ended the Seemingly Unstoppable Mongol Invasion

There are few military forces more infamous and renowned in history than the Mongolian armies of the 13th Century. They swept through Asia and into…

The Viking Sieges of Paris

Ragnar Lothbrok, the notorious Viking, is still a historical mystery veiled in myths, or even believed to be a collective personage for several different Viking…

The Viking Mercenaries of the Byzantine Empire – The Varangian Guard

The Byzantines Hired Viking Mercenaries as Guards The relationship between the Byzantine Emperors and their Varangian Guard was a complex affair. The Byzantines were first…

The Battle of Tinchebray and the Conquest of Normandy (1106)

The future of Normandy and England lies in the hands of the three sons of William the Conqueror. The Normand Dynasty of William the Conqueror…

The Real Assassins – Legends – History and Myths

Who were the Order of the Assassins? The year is 1090. A secret order later referred to as the Order of the Assassins begins it’s…

The Knights Templar – The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Crusader Order

A crimson cross emblazoned on a white background; a simple design, perhaps, but behind it lies one of the most remarkable stories in the history…

The Battle of Morgarten – against all the Odds, One Small Army Changes the Course of Military History

The supremacy of heavy cavalry and mounted knights on the battlefield came to an end one cold November morning in 1315, and it began with…

The Battle of Arsuf – To Win the Day, One Man Must Defy His Own King

Beneath the relentless beating of the midday sun, under a seemingly endless rain of arrows, The Grand Master’s patience had all but run out. Garnier…

Krak des Chevaliers – The Impenetrable Castle, Captured With A Single Sheet of Paper

A hulking edifice of sun-bleached stone, Krak des Chevaliers loomed against a clear blue sky. How many men had died to hold those walls, and…

Single Combat At The Siege of Bayonne, 1131AD

Pedro de Lara was bored. His had lived a full life, a life of personal pride and skill at arms, of politics, wine and of…

The Night Attack – Vlad the Impaler ambushes the Ottoman Sultan

Mehmet II, known as Mehmet the Conqueror, was one of the greatest military commanders of his day. The Ottoman Empire under his rule was vast,…