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Pets and the Clergy
Christine de Pizan and her dog [ link ] In Chaucer's Canterbury Tales , the Prologue describes the Prioress as having small lapdogs that she dotes on, feeding them roasted flesh and milk. This behavior is similar to that of a noble-born lady, not a nun. As ...

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The Brothers-in-law
Among the groups in history that have long since disappeared, there are the Pechenegs. They were a semi-nomadic group that spoke a Turkic language, originally inhabiting the area north of the Black Sea, but being pushed westward until they came into conflic...

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St. Fructuosus of Braga
St. Fructuosus on Braga Cathedral It is not unknown for rulers who have been harsh to try to "buy their ay into Heaven" near the end of their lives. Chindasuinth , who had been harsh in his dealings as king of the Visigoths, became very beneficent to religi...

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Rebellion Among the Visigoths
In the 7th century, the Kingdom of the Visigoths covered much of the Iberian peninsula and a good chunk of what is now southern France. A Germanic tribe whose ruler was approved by all the nobles, there were some rulers who attempted to create a dynastic su...

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The Death of William Rufus
Recent posts have talked about the sons of William the Conqueror: how he left the kingdom to his second son, William Rufus; how the eldest, Robert Curthose, had a temper and was shunted off to Normandy; how the youngest, Henry, took the throne upon his olde...
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