The style of architecture known as the Renaissance began in Florence, Italy in the 15th century. From there it became popular throughout Europe. This architecture became preferred over the medieval Gothic style. The inspiration for it was from the Roman ruins in Italy. Books created by ancient architects were the inspiration.

There are certain elements a person can use to differentiate Renaissance buildings from others.

*There are three types of buildings that were built during this time. They were villas, churches, and palazzos. The palazzo was a town residence and the villa was a residence in the countryside. …


Mythical creatures have played a part in storytelling since words were first exchanged around campfires. While people have changed and fluctuated through time, there are many creatures that survived the generations and are still known today. Medieval folklore specifically has many terrifying creatures with lessons to share with anyone brave enough to listen.

Starting with a familiar figure, ogres are still seen in popular culture today, from movies to video games. They are often intimidating in size and ugly in appearance, stomping around destroying the puny humans underfoot. …


The way the ancient people of civilization looked at science was completely different from the way modern people do. In ancient civilizations, the term Scientia referred to the knowledge every person obtained during their lifetime. Enhancing the scientific, mathematical, and artistic subjects was led by Greek and Roman academics . The work of scientists and mathematicians remained stranded in Rome until the Fifth-Century when the fall of the Roman Empire opened academia to the rest of Europe.

The calculating of religious feasts was one of the main reasons for the growth of mathematics and scientific subjects. The arrival of the…


The life of an individual or family in the medieval period was quite different than one might think. It possessed great superstition as well as ingenuity. Systems, like today as well as during the middle ages, had a hierarchy.

During the beginning of this era, most people were separated by well-defined classes — commoners and religious posts. These communities were protected by thick fortifications. This provided a border to protect those within and a way to screen visitors. Since literacy was scarce, most shops and places of importance used pictures to denote their purpose.

The unpaved roads and streets were…


The U.S. Court system has two main branches. Federal courts decide cases brought against the United States, and cases that involve federal laws. States also have their own court systems authorized to hear cases involving citizens and laws of a particular state or local community.

Federal cases begin in federal district courts, trial courts that hear cases involving alleged violations of the Constitution, cases that involve people from different states or countries, disputes concerning laws and treaties.

Parties to cases heard in the district courts can appeal decisions to the Federal courts of appeals, or the circuit courts, which review…


As one of the world’s most prominent religions, Christianity has had significant influence over most regions, reaching every major continent and finding places in culture, art, and politics. Many practicing Christians, as well as members of other religions, may not fully know the history of Christianity’s origins or its development over time. While knowing the history of Christianity may not be essential in everyday life, being aware of how it came to be the major religion it is today can help shed light onto why it is so popular in countries around the globe.

Influences

Emerging from a small sect…


Thanks to pop culture, the Spanish Inquisition has infiltrated modern society, but even with the comedic reference that refers to the 350-year-long initiative, it is safe to say that the details of the Spanish Inquisition are not widely known among a contemporary audience. The truth is that the period of the Inquisition was a dark time, especially for the so-called “heretics” targeted by the Inquisition’s efforts.

In order to fully understand the impact of the Spanish Inquisition, it is essential to identify how it began and who championed the cause.

The Beginning

The eras preceding the Middle Ages saw many…


In ancient times, war was commonplace as civilizations and empires sought to expand their territory and conquer their enemies. All of the wars that occurred in antiquity resulted in casualties and political changes, but some wars were so decisive, they changed the course of history. Whether empires met their end, an unprecedented number of lives were lost, or prominent military leaders were killed in these wars, the end result was lasting influence on the world.

The Battle of Kadesh (1274 B.C.E.)

Regarded as one of the oldest documented military conflicts, the Battle of Kadesh occurred between the Egyptian forces, led…


Born in 1483, Martin Luther was led by his father, a successful businessman, to pursue a formal, legal education. He followed this path until his early twenties when, as he was returning home to visit his parents, a terrible thunderstorm intercepted him. At this time, Martin Luther was struck with the knowledge-and fear-that he could die without warning. He prayed to St. Anne, asking for protection, and he vowed that, if she did indeed spare his life, he would devote himself to religion. After surviving the storm, he kept his promise and abandoned his education to join a monastery.

Though…


American civilizations had risen and fallen well before European colonization in the 15th and 16th centuries. Though comparatively little evidence of these civilizations survives, the architecture and infrastructure that remain points to some of their cultural and technological developments. Colloquially known as “ Mesoamerican “ or “pre-Columbian,” these groups created lasting structures across North, Central, and South America. The following are some features of some of the many civilizations that once ruled the Americas.

The Mayans

Though often spoken of as a single nation, the Mayans were actually a diverse collective of city-states on the gulf coast of what is…

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