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Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Final Speech

It was a stormy night and the weather was bad but the turnout was not. People had gathered to hear Martin Luther King, Jr., who was back in Memphis to offer inspiration for an ongoing struggle that had celebrated recent victories. King knew that storms pass and that joy comes in the morning, for he had witnessed the pain of water cannons and police dogs; he remembered the Birmingham bombing and the bombing of his own home; but he also saw legislative gains and political successes.
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A Viking Mess – Northmen: A Viking Saga Movie Review

“Make no tent on thy ship, Never sleep in the house, For a for within door you may view, On his shield sleeps the Viking, His sword in his hand And his tent is the heavenly blue, When storm rages, Hoist a sail to the top, Oh how merry the storm king appears, Let her drive, let her drive, Better founder than strike, For who strikes is a slave to his fears”~ Friðþjófs saga(The opening lines from this film are a “Viking code”, from the Icelandic Friðþjófs saga, based on an Old Norse tale.
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Medieval Fairs: an archaeologist’s approach

Medieval Fairs: an archaeologist’s approachArthur, Paul (Naples)Archeologia w teorii i w praktyce, Warszawa (2000): 419-436 AbstractOver twenty years ago I remember having been shown a substantial quantity of late Roman coins found in the Wiltshire countryside, alongside a Roman road skirting the prehistoric mound of Silbury Hill.
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Images of War: The Russian Revolution, World War to Civil War 1917-1921, Nik Cornish

Images of War: The Russian Revolution, World War to Civil War 1917-1921, Nik CornishImages of War: The Russian Revolution, World War to Civil War 1917-1921, Nik CornishThis entry in the Images of War series looks at the two Russian Revolutions (the first overthrew the Tsar, the second saw the Bolsheviks overthrow the Provisional Government and ignore the results of a free election), then moves to look at the Civil War that followed (perhaps best seen as a series of semi-linked wars between the Reds, Greens, Whites, various sets of Nationalists and Blacks).
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The Noisy Middle Ages

By Danièle CybulskieLast week, I wrote a piece on things medieval people would hate about the present day. Some of my readers asked whether or not medieval people would have found it too noisy in today’s world. While I do think medieval people would hate the sheer volume of white noise that surrounds modern life (traffic, fans, airplanes, etc.
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