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Caucasia and the First Byzantine Commonwealth: Christianization in the Context of Regional Coherence

Since at least the Iron Age, and perhaps much earlier, Caucasia has been a cohesive yet diverse zone of cross-cultural encounter and shared historical experience. Despite their linkage by a web of interconnections which was as dense as it was durable, the peoples inhabiting the isthmus between the Black and Caspian Seas have seldom exhibited a conscious regional identity in their oral, written, and visual monuments.

Stradioti: Balkan Mercenaries in Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century Italy

This paper will investigate the origins of the stradioti, their ethnic and regional composition, their role in the armies of the 15th and 16th centuries, and their participation in the founding of Greek Orthodox Communities in the Italy and elsewhere.

Scientists discover existence of brucellosis disease in the Middle Ages

The scientists are the first to confirm the existence of brucellosis, an infectious disease still prevalent today, in medieval skeletal remains.

The Myth of the “Invincibility” of the Norman Cavalry Charge in the Eleventh Century: a Comparative Analysis of the Battles of Hastings (1066) and Dyrrachium (1081)

Did the Normans simply implement the same battle tactics they successfully used in Northwest Europe when they went to Italy?

Look to the East: The Cult of the Pagan Past in Hungarian Literature

While the survival of the young country under the reign of chief Géza and his son, King Stephen I, undoubtedly depended on the conversion of the Hungarians, in the sphere of unrealistic speculations, dreams and wishes – that is, a sphere that literature knows well – now and again we have to face the question: what if?

The Battle of Kosovo: Early Reports of Victory and Defeat

The Battle of Kosovo: Early Reports of Victory and Defeat By Thomas A. Emmert Kosovo: Legacy of a Medieval Battle, eds. Wayne S. Vucinich and Thomas A. Emmert (Minnesota, 1991) Abstract In popular interpretation it was defeat at the Battle of Kosovo which brought about the disintegration of the medieval Serbian empire. Careful analysis of […]

Regnum Albaniae, the Papal curia, and the Western visions of a borderline nobility

Regnum Albaniae, the Papal curia, and the Western visions of a borderline nobility By Etleva Lala PhD Dissertation, CEU, Budapest College, 2008 Abstract: Almost all the territories of the Southwestern Balkans became Catholic in the second half of the fourteenth century. This success of Catholicism in this region, which was on the cost of the […]

The Genoese citizenship of Carlo I Tocco of December 2, 1389

The Genoese citizenship, granted to Carlo I Tocco and his regent mother Magdalene by the authorities of the Republic of Genova (December 2, 1389) is a document the existence of which is widely accepted in the scholarly circles despite the fact that the details of its content have still remained largely unknown.

The Battle of Kosovo 1389: An Albanian Epic

The Battle of Kosovo 1389: An Albanian Epic By Anna Di Lellio; with translations by Robert Elsie IB Tauris, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-84885-094-1 The Battle of Kosovo of 1389 holds enormous significance in the formation of modern Balkan nation states, especially among South Slav and Serbian nationalist circles. What has given this single battle such resonance, […]

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