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History-Makers: Anna Komnena

History-Makers: Anna Komnena

The Byzantines have a well-deserved A+ in art class, but their written work is a little… ehhh? Thing is, most Byzantine literature reads like a modern textbook — sure it’s informative, but the writing is drier than chalk-dust, and it could stand to lose a couple hundred pages. But there’s one defiant Byzantine historian out …

History Summarized: Byzantine Empire — The Golden Age

History Summarized: Byzantine Empire — The Golden Age

The Byzantine Empire has long maintained a delicate balance of simultaneously doing fantastic and also being constantly in peril. Normally this would be a contradiction, but the Byzantines made “Golden Disaster Empire” their entire damn brand. As we’ll see over the next 500 years, the Dark Ages brought genuinely brilliant reforms while the Golden Age …

A Brief History of the Normans | Animated History

A Brief History of the Normans | Animated History

So, who were the Normans? You might think they were French, but they were in fact descended from Norse raiders from Scandinavia. They settled in northern France in the ninth and early 10th century, calling their new homeland Normandy 150 years later, their leader, Duke William II, claimed he also had the right to the …

History of English (combined)

History of English (combined)

The History of English in ten minutes. Chapter One: Anglo-Saxon or whatever happened to The Jutes? The English Language begins with the phrase ‘Up yours, Caesar’, as the Romans leave Britain and a lot of Germanic tribes start flooding in. Tribes such as the Angles and the Saxons, who together gave us the term Anglo-Saxon …