Category Archives: medieval

How Dim Were the Dark Ages?

By Daniel Peterson (sic et non): Here’s a passage from The Victory of Reason:  How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success, a brilliant and provocative book by Rodney Stark. Dr. Stark, now in his mid-eighties, is a famous sociologist of … Continue reading

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Europe’s Two Oldest Lighthouses

Tower of Hercules, Galacia, Spain The first stone of what is now known as the Tower of Hercules, was laid just after the time of Christ.  During the 1st century A.D., the lighthouse guided Roman ships as they travelled north during … Continue reading

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Irish Monks in the Early Middle Ages

At the Irish National Stud and Gardens, located near Dublin, is an beautifully landscaped area dedicated to Irish monks of the early Middle Ages.  The St. Fiachra’s Garden (information from garden signs): . . . seeks to capture the inspiration … Continue reading

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Medieval Nutrition and Its Effect on the Peasantry

As an undergraduate at Brigham Young University, I majored in history, with a strong interest in the social history of the Middle Ages.  My father was a biochemist with a specialty in nutrition.  So with suggestions from him, it was … Continue reading

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Ani: Capital of an Ancient Armenian Kingdom

In 1989 when my twin sons graduated from high school, the 3 of us made a 4-week tour of Turkey.  We selected Turkey because of its rich and varied history.  Of particular interest to me were the ancient Armenian ruins … Continue reading

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Trekking Through the Middle Ages (in Ethiopia)

During my LDS Mission to Belgium and France, I fell in love with all things medieval; I particularly wondered about the living conditions of ordinary peasants.  As a result, as an undergraduate at BYU, I majored in history with a … Continue reading

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Waldensian Movement, a Precursor to Mormonism?

Lia McClanahan wrote the following in the June 2014 Ensign: In 1849, Elder Lorenzo Snow (1814-1901) of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles was called to establish a mission to Italy.  As he was contemplating where to commence, he learned about … Continue reading

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