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Some medieval illuminated manuscripts are the Book of Kells, the Lindisfarne Gospels, the French Book of Hours, the Rochester Bestiary and the Codex Aureus. Medieval illuminated manuscripts include Bibles, gospels, praye... More »

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Construction on the Leaning Tower of Pisa began in 1173 and finished in 1360. The tower's engineers began to notice the structure's tilt after they completed three of the planned eight stories. More »

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Marco Polo and his family traveled through Asia to bring a letter from the Pope, Christian scholars and oil from the lamp at the Holy Sepulchre to Kublai Khan. Kublai Khan was the Great Khan of the Mongol Empire. As merc... More »

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A piece of land given to a vassal by a lord is called a fief. The giving of fiefs in return for promised military support was a defining aspect of feudalism, a system of social organization common in Europe between the n... More »

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In 1914, life was very different in America, and in many ways, it was much simpler. Women could not vote, and many young people did not finish school because they had to work and help support their families. Crimes were ... More »

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Islam originated with the revelation of the Koran in 610 B.C. to the 40-year-old prophet Muhammad while he was living in the city of Mecca on the Arabian Peninsula. He began to convert people of the city to Islam during ... More »

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A barrier grew between the Near East and Greece, as a result of the Persian Wars. It took until the middle of the following century to break the barrier. More »

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