Category: Middle Ages

19. June 2020

Middle Ages | War/battle

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The battle of Grandson

by James Blake Wiener

The Battle of Grandson on March 2, 1476 is one of the most celebrated and decisive battles in Swiss history and signalled their emergence as an integral player in wider European affairs.

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17. June 2020

Middle Ages | Religion

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Uprising in the convent

by Christine Keller

From today’s perspective, it seems unthinkable that nuns would rebel, put up violent resistance and ignore ecclesiastical regulations. But during the reform efforts in the 15th century, this was not an unusual occurrence.

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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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