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First Battle of Passchendaele, 12 October 1917

First Battle of Passchendaele, 12 October 1917Although the entire Third Battle of Ypres is normally known as Passchendaele, that name officially belongs to two battles late in the campaign. After a period of failure at the start of the battle, late September and early October had seen some British success.
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Medieval Geopolitics: The Late Medieval International System

By Andrew LathamWhat does my string of columns suggest regarding the nature of the late medieval international system? To begin with, it tells us that this system was in fact an international system.The prevailing view has been the Middle Ages were an era of “feudal heteronomy”, radically distinct from the early modern international system that superseded it sometime between the mid-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries.
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Earning Your Badge: Mementos of Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages

By Danièle CybulskieOne of the brilliant things about humankind is our desire to continuously strive to accomplish difficult things: epic journeys, great feats, tough challenges. We do this to learn more about ourselves, to test ourselves, or sometimes to set ourselves on a spiritual journey. One of our most enduring and common impulses is to share our triumphs with the world.
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Medieval manuscripts: Ways to Savour Spring in the Middle Ages

When one wanted to learn healthy living in the 14th or 15th century, they would often turn to the Theatrum Sanitatis and Tacuinum Sanitatis. The aim of these treatises was to teach princes and powerful figures the rules of hygiene and rational medicine – those obtained by experiments rather than magical or religious beliefs.
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