Medieval inquisitor in the hood on the inquisitors tools background. Focus point on the monk.
History

Episcopal Inquisition and Papal Inquisition: Finding Heretics

August 16, 2020

Many factors and events led to the American Revolution over the years. But the first ones came from the British administration neglecting the colonies and how people viewed religion. These two may seem too far apart to combine, but they did, and the result was even further apart from what they expected. […]

A collection of tombstones at an ancient Bogomil cemetery, East Serbia.
European History

The Roots of Catharism

August 14, 2020

Some researchers believe that the Cathars coordinated with the followers of other religious sects to overthrow the Catholic Church. It also seems that the Cathars were influenced by the mystical secret society that appeared in Greece and Italy around 500 B.C. […]

FrThe ruins of the last Cathar fortress, Montsegur, located in French Pyrenees.
European History

Cathar Beliefs, Rituals, and Holy Books

August 14, 2020

Cathars regarded the cross as a hateful symbol because they believed that Jesus was not a physical being. They gave women social and sexual equality, but ignored Virgin Mary. Labelled as heretics by the Catholic church, the Cathars followed their own system of beliefs and rituals. […]

The remains of Peyrepertuse Cathar castle in France.
European History

Cathars: The Medieval Progressives

August 13, 2020

Cathars were labelled as heretics by the Roman church. The Cathars believed that the Catholic Church did nothing but mislead the people. This tussle led to many violent events like the sack of Béziers and the siege of Montségur Castle. […]

Opium War between Britain and China 1839- 1842 British forces attack Chinese Forts on Chuenpee Island.
History

How Did the Opium War Break Out in China?

August 12, 2020

The Opium War was a turning point in the history of not only China but also the whole world. It was a backfire of imperialism that started from tea, led to opium, and ended in a new worldview. […]

Old vintage ceramic tea or coffee pot with cups jug and sugar cup on dark background with lights and smoke.
History

Tea, Silver, and War: How Things Were Before the Opium War

August 12, 2020

China was a favorable trade destination for big powers in the 1800’s – from fancy goods to tea, to drugs. China, however, had a red line that Britain insisted on passing: drugs. This unfavorable insist led to a war, but was opium itself the only disagreement before the Opium War? […]

Warrior wearing iron helmet and red cloak.
History

Slaves, the Unsung Heroes of Ancient Greece

August 11, 2020

In ancient Greece, people were enslaved to do various tasks. Slavery was widely practiced in different regions of the country. However, slavery in Sparta was different from the rest of Greece, so much so that the Spartans had to face a major slave rebellion in their territory for five years. […]

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