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The Origins of Chess, the “Sport of Kings”

February 1, 2023

Chess was unarguably the most popular board game played in medieval Europe. The popularity of the game is understandable since it was to be seen everywhere, including artworks, literary works, and moral preachings. […]

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Ball Games Played in the Middle Ages

February 1, 2023

The recreational activities in medieval Europe involved ball games like football and bowling, among others. These games could often turn violent, which could lead them to being prohibited or restricted at times. […]

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The Church’s View of the Many Translations of Bible

January 28, 2023

There were many who advocated for the reading and interpretation of the Bible by average laypeople in their own languages. The Church’s prohibition against translation, however, was a major flashpoint in debates among the clerics. […]

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How Medieval Authors Gained a Following

January 27, 2023

Interestingly, we can trace the legacy of several medieval authors in the many anonymous and collaborative forms of writing that are familiar to us from social media, blog posts, and podcasts. […]

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Professional Authors: A Medieval Legacy

January 26, 2023

In the ancient Greco-Roman world, writing was considered a pastime of independently wealthy men. They might receive patronage, but authorship was not a means to earn a livelihood. […]

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Why Is China’s Population Shrinking?

January 25, 2023

The world’s largest nation is facing a decline in its numbers. Last year, deaths in China outpaced births for the first time since the 1960s. What’s happening to the Chinese population and why? […]

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