Connecting axes tend to be more important than centers: what is true of many contemporary networks is also the case for social and geographical links in antiquity and the Middle Ages.
If you’re interested in why the medieval Church did what it did – and how it was able to do so in the political sphere – I think you’ll enjoy this series.
From the late 1200s onward, royal warmaking capabilities underwent profound changes – changes that made them decisively less feudal and decidedly more state-like.
In this, the first post of the Medieval Geopolitics series, I take a look at the two types of political war fought in medieval Europe.
Ridley Scott’s three movies, “Gladiator”, “Black Hawk Down” and most recently “The Kingdom of Heaven” explore the morality and identity of warriors. They do so in exotic landscapes and settings that emphasize the confrontation with danger as external and frequently unknowable and political violence as something that has complicated geographies.