Prophecy, Alchemy, and the End of Time: John of Rupecissa in the Late Middle AgesBy Leah DeVunColumbia University Press, 2009ISBN: 978-0-231-14538-1In the middle of the fourteenth century, the Franciscan friar John of Rupescissa sent a dramatic warning to his followers: the last days were coming; the apocalypse was near.
My transformation into a medievalist was like falling in love with an old friend. I’ve always been a great reader, and in high school I used to curl up with books by Rosemary Sutcliff, Jean Plaidy, and J.R.R. Tolkien although I gave little conscious thought to the history that infused them. For me the books were all about plot.
Stradioti: Balkan Mercenaries in Fifteenth and Sixteenth Century ItalyBy Nicholas C. J. PappasPublished OnlineIntroduction: The stradioti, mounted troops of Albanian and Greek origin who initially entered Venetian military service during the Republic’s wars with the Ottoman Empire in the fifteenth century, were among pioneers of light cavalry tactics in European armies in the early modern era.
Al-Gazali’s Concept of Prophecy: The Introduction of Avicennan Psychology into As’arite TheologyBy Frank GriffelArabic Sciences and Philosophy, vol. 14 (2004)Introduction: The traditional argument of Muslim theologians that aims to verify the claims of a true prophet and distinguish him from an impostor is based on the acceptance of miracles performed in history and testified through an uninterrupted chain of tradition (tawatur).
Celebrated English naval commander, Nelson joined the navy at age 12. He participated in a number of missions, and saw action in San Juan, America, the West Indies, and the Mediterranean. He initiated his famous affair with Emma Hamilton, wife of the British ambassador to Naples, during the Mediterranean campaigns of the French revolutionary wars.