Vikings Days in the Danish Canadian Museum

The two-day event featured a viking village, battle demonstrations, a feast and more. “Viking Days is all about where the Danish immigration began,” said Susan Hejduk, business manager at the museum. “Almost every Canadian can connect to that. For the majority of Canadians, somewhere in their history, there will be an immigration – somebody will…

The Late Medieval International System by Andrew Latham

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the Middle Ages were an era of “feudal heteronomy”, radically distinct from the early modern international system that superseded it sometime between the mid-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries.  According to this view, the late medieval order was not an international system, properly understood, for the simple reason that it did not…

Horse Armour in the Medieval Islamic Middle East

The earliest widespread use of horse armour appears to have been in Inner Asia, perhaps more specifically in Khwarazm. Thereafter horse armour became notably characteristic of Central and Inner Asia, not only amongst nomadic tribes but also amongst settled peoples such as the Turkish Uighurs of what is now called the Chinese autonomous region of…