Category: Middle Ages

5. June 2019

Middle Ages | Archaeology

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Pecunia (non) olet – Latrine archaeology: the dirty side of wealth

by Elias Flatscher

For some of today’s archaeologists, former toilets are not just informative, but also a veritable treasure trove – whether stinking or not.

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1. April 2019

Middle Ages | Politics

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The White Book of Sarnen

by Michael Blatter

Once upon a time, there was a hero named Tell. He was born in an office in Central Switzerland. Tell is an instrument, always working on behalf of whomever is telling his story.

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29. August 2018

Middle Ages | Politics

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Born 800 years ago: Rudolf of Habsburg

by Bruno Meier

Rudolf of Habsburg is one of the most successful figures this country has ever produced. The later king of the Holy Roman Empire laid the groundwork for Habsburg Austria.

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15. October 2017

Middle Ages | Religion

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Material and magic – “Zwingli’s helmet” on a journey through time

by Erika Hebeisen

The iron helmet in the collection at the Swiss National Museum is said to have once protected the head of Ulrich Zwingli (1484–1531) as he lay dying. Though there is no evidence of the actual origin of this Catholic trophy.

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13. October 2017

Middle Ages | Society

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Before Jass

by Felix Graf

Swiss-German playing cards with the suits Schellen (Bells), Schilten (Shields), Eicheln (Acorns) and Rosen (Roses) have been around for more than half a millennium. Though they have only been used for the game Jass for the last 200 years or so.

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