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Why You'd Never Survive Life During The Crusades

Imagine that you're reading this from the comfort of a toilet. (You might not have to imagine.) This isn't just any toilet but a magic portal-potty. When you flush, it transports you Super Mario-style to a random place and time during the Crusades. Here's a bit of background information about the period. In 1095, Urban II, pope of the Holy Roman Empire, convened the Council of Clermont in France to shore up his power in the face of a rival pope and because the neighboring Byzantine Empire...

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    Why You'd Never Survive Life During The Crusades

    Why You'd Never Survive Life During The Crusades

    Imagine that you're reading this from the comfort of a toilet. (You might not have to imagine.) This isn't just any toilet but a magic portal-potty. When you flush, it transports you Super Mario-style to a random place and time during the Crusades. Here's a bit of background information about the period. In 1095, Urban II, pope of the Holy Roman Empire...

    Bizarre Facts About The Crusades

    Bizarre Facts About The Crusades

    The Crusades were a pretty weird time. Granted, any period of history that involves not only intense religious fervor but seemingly unending bloody battles is bound to produce some pretty bizarre situations. And, given that the Crusades happened during the medieval period, when people had a lot yet to learn about the world outside of their particular...

    Why Medicine Was Deadly During The Crusades

    Why Medicine Was Deadly During The Crusades

    No one can argue that the time of the Crusades was safe. From the late 11th century to the late 13th century (per History), men were being sent off to fight abroad, conditions were not the most hygienic, and people were often dying of hunger. Of course, it was the Middle Ages; things were bound to be terrible compared to now. The sad thing is, even if...

    These Were The Perks Of Being A Medieval Knight

    These Were The Perks Of Being A Medieval Knight

    Ah, to be a medieval knight. Seems rather thrilling — with all the swordplay, roundtable shenanigans, and castles. Knights received status, wealth, and other advantages from the job. Still, the process of becoming a knight proved arduous. The journey started as young as 7, with horse and weapon training. A youngster would work with a local knight...

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