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A Five-Minute Guide to the Cathars

By Danièle CybulskieAlthough the Catholic church reigned supreme in medieval Europe, it was by no means the only form that faith took at the time. Islam and Judaism were both practiced throughout Europe, and not every Christian agreed with the Catholic dogma they were taught in church. Although Protestantism was a few hundred years off, in the twelfth century another version of Christianity had a firm foothold in Europe with thousands upon thousands of followers, especially in southern France and Italy: Catharism.
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Hƒdr’s Blindness and the Pledging of Ódinn’s Eye: A Study of the Symbolic Value of the Eyes of Hƒdr, Ódinn and fiórr

Hƒðr’s Blindness and the Pledging of Óðinn’s Eye: A Study of the Symbolic Value of the Eyes of Hƒðr, Óðinn and þórrAnnette LassenProceedings of the 11th International Saga Conference. 2-7 July 2000, University of Sydney. Edited by Geraldine Barnes and Margaret Clunies Ross (Sydney, 2000)Introduction: The idea of studying the symbolic value of eyes and blindness derives from my desire to reach an understanding of Hƒðr’s mythological role.
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10 Great Tips from the Middle Ages

How to Sleep, How to take care of your cat, how to tell if someone is not dead! Medieval people give their advice on just about anything!From the new book ‘Ask the Past: Pertinent and Impertinent Advice from Yesteryear‘ by Elizabeth P. Archibald.How to Tell If Someone Is or Is Not Dead“Moreover, if there is any doubt as to whether a person is or is not dead, apply lightly roasted onion to his nostrils, and if he be alive, he will immediately scratch his nose.
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A note on the regional distribution of pagan burials in Iceland

A note on the regional distribution of pagan burials in IcelandBy Orri VésteinssonArchaeologia Islandica Vol.9 (2011)Abstract: Comparison of the distribution of pagan burials in Iceland with medieval information about the number of farmers in different parts of the country allows a division of the country into three zones of low, medium and high frequency of pagan burials relative to the number of settlements.
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New Medieval Books: Biographies

An emperor, an admiral, a poet, a rebel, and five princesses – new biographies about people from the medieval world.Roman Emperor Zeno: The Perils of Power Politics in Fifth-century ConstantinopleBy Peter CrawfordPen & SwordISBN: 978 1 47385 924 1Excerpt: Not only is there a personal interest in the emperor on the throne when the West fell, but Zeno was also one of the few Roman emperors to be forcibly removed from the throne only to regain it.
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