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Italian city celebrates reopening of medieval synagogue

ROME — The Italian city of Trani celebrated the reopening of the medieval Scolanova Synagogue. The reopening on Monday following some seven months of restoration efforts took place during the Lech Lecha Jewish culture festival in southern Italy’s Apulia region. Built in the 13th century, the synagogue was confiscated by the Catholic Church a few decades later during a wave of anti-Semitism and converted for use as a church. The synagogue, which had been empty and disused since the 1950s, was desanctified as a church in 2006 and returned to the Jewish community. The Trani ...
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This Medieval Skeleton May Belong To A Knight Who Died While Jousting

A Catholic priest blesses a grave during a burial ceremony for the remains of 110 Napoleonic soldiers who died in a major battle against the Russian army, near the of Studenka, about 100 kilometers (63 miles) east of Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits) In this Sept. 28, 1941 file photo, Spitfires, subscribed for by the people of Assam, are now operating with fighter command of the Royal Air Force, at an airfield somewhere in England. (AP Photo) An archeologist sprays water on a skull recently discovered at the archaeolog...
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Fight club: Real 'Game of Thrones' action headed to Mantua

If you come to watch an Armored Combat League competition, the first thing you'll notice is that this isn't some faux Renaissance Faire reenactment. It's the real deal. "We use real armor, real weapons; axes and swords," said Jaye T. Brooks, founder and proprietor of The Knights Hall (a training school for armored combat). "There's punching, kicking and throwing. Basically, it's MMA (mixed martial arts) with weapons." Armored Combat League (ACL) has been called the most extreme, full force, full speed and full contact sport on the planet. "It's really very fast-paced and physical," said Broo...
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Total War created by modder

A new mod for Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms enables you to act out all the clashes you've dreamed about from Bethesda's Elder Scrolls series. The mod, created by LoRdNazgu1 and available on ModDB, covers events from Morrowind and Oblivion, along with several other events from the wider fiction of the series. Though the character models may not be hugely detailed, it's still remarkable how authentic it looks. The Imperial City in Cyrodiil makes an appearance alongside familiar Redguard and Glass armour. The Guar mounts are a personal highlight. Check it out in action below: Luke Karmali ...
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'The Elder Scrolls: Total War' Mod Will Let You Get In The Middle Of The Action : PERSONAL TECH : Tech Times

"The Elder Scrolls" meets the "Total War" franchise in a mod that tells the RPG's story in a series of turn-based battles. "The Elder Scrolls: Total War" allows players to engage in battles mentioned in the Morrowind and Oblivion games.(Photo : LoRdNazgu1 | MODDB) Singed corpses and guards limping from arrows they had taken in their knees: the effects of war are everywhere in The Elder Scrolls games, and the only element missing are the battles themselves. An Elder Scrolls-themed mod for a Total War game is changing that. Built on top of turn-based strategy game Medieval 2: Total War: Kingdo...
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reward now offered for return of medieval cup (From Worcester News)

HOLY GRAIL: The Nanteos Cup First published in News A REWARD has now been offered for the return of the Nanteos Cup which stolen in a burglary at a home in Weston Under Penyard near Ross on Wye. The theft happened between 9.30am on Mo...
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CatholicHerald.co.uk » Richard III fans are the medieval equivalent of 9/11 truthers

Richard almost certainly murdered his nephews. Why does he attract such a fan club? Richard III is due to be reburied this month in Leicester Cathedral, two and a half years after the former king’s skeleton was found in a car park nearby. It’s quite a draw for the city, which had to fight off a determined campaign by some people in York for his remains, and it has laid on a whole week’s worth of events. There was also discontent from some Catholics who wished to have the last Plantagenet buried in a Catholic cathedral, since he died decades before the Reformation and was originally buried...
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More than 200 skeletons found below Paris store

More than 200 skeletons found below Paris store 1937 77 3 Share This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutMore than 200 skeletons found below Paris storeMore than 200 of carefully laid-out skeletons have been found in a series of mass graves under a supermarket in Paris.Post to Facebook Try Another Audio CAPTCHA Image CAPTCHA Help ...
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Photo trip to Europe spans wartime to medieval days

The ancient town of Bamburg was largely spared the devastation of WW II thanks to negotiations carried out between the German commander and advancing allied forces.(Photo: Thanks to Cliff Turrell)The Photography Club of Greater Cincinnati will present its annual Travel Series at Sharon Woods, showcasing local photographers' trips around the world and throughout the United States.The work of seven local photographers will be presented each Friday through April 24.Each artist was asked to describe his collection and the adventure that inspired the photographs.Cliff Turrell, of West Chester Tow...
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New Tumblr highlights the invisible conversation between hip-hop and Medieval art · Great Job, Internet! · The A.V. Club

While most people assume hip-hop is a contemporary art form with Caribbean roots, it could have links to pre-16th century European art as well. Or at least that’s the theory of Cecilia Azcarate, who uses her Tumblr B4-XVI to seek out the unexpected connections between Medieval and Renaissance art and hip-hop iconography.Case in point: Wiz Khalifa and this gift-giver from Hugo Van Der Goes’ 15th Century painting, “Adoration Of The Magi,” share the same fondness for leopard fur collars and gold necklaces. While Rick Ross and Henry VIII (as painted by the studio of Hans Holbein The Younger arou...
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