Category: Middle Ages

20. May 2020

Middle Ages | Politics

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Switzerland – a land of borders

by Bernhard Graf

Since ancient times, people’s everyday lives have been shaped by intangible dividing lines. Consciously or unconsciously, these boundaries are constantly being crossed.

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25. March 2020

Middle Ages | Women in history

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Nuns – Powerful women in the Middle Ages

by Andrej Abplanalp

Medieval nuns – the phrase brings to mind a group of women living in seclusion behind convent walls, devoting themselves to their faith. But a look at history gives a very different picture.

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20. March 2020

Middle Ages | Economy

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How the number 7 came to Europe

by Andrej Abplanalp

For a long time, we were very reluctant in our part of the world to accept the Hindu-Arabic numeral system. Even the mathematician Fibonacci had trouble convincing people to change their attitude. But the economic benefits were so great that all resistance was abandoned.

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4. March 2020

Middle Ages | Culture

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Beastly good luck

by Andrej Abplanalp

Why pigs are lucky charms, and why it was a stroke of luck the Bernese killed a bear on their hunt…

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1. January 2020

20th / 21st century | Culture

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2020

by Andrej Abplanalp

Will we make history this year? Perhaps. In any case, the symmetry of dates indicates that we may be in for some special events, as a look at the past shows.

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