Personal Profile Born: c. 1137-38, Tikrit, Upper Mesopotamia, Abbasid Caliphate (modern-day Iraq) Birth name: Al-Nasir Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub (westernised to Salah al-Din, or Saladin) Died: 4 March 1193 (aged 55-56), Damascus, Syria, Ayyubid Sultanate Reign: 1174 – 4 March 1193 as Sultan of Egypt and Syria Spouse: Ismat ad-Din Khatun Children: Al-Afdal ibn…… Continue reading Saladin
Category: Medieval History
The medieval period generally spans from 300 AD (ACE) until about 1500. Time periods included within the Medieval bracket are Late Antiquity, the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages. Major events within the Medieval period include events from: the Fall of the Roman Empire; the Norman Conquest of England; the Black Death right up until the European ‘Discovery’ of the Americas.
Zheng He: China’s Admiral of the Seas
Personal Profile Born: Ma He, 1371, Kunming, Yunnan, Ming Empire (South-West China) Died: 1433 (aged 61-62) or 1435 (aged 63-64) Other Names: Ma He, Ma Sanbao, Cheng Ho Era: Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Occupation: Admiral, diplomat, explorer, and palace eunuch Early Life (1371-81) A statue of Zheng He and his father in Kunyang, Yunnan, China. Unfortunately,…… Continue reading Zheng He: China’s Admiral of the Seas
A History of Christmas
Find out how Christmas and winter festivities have been celebrated through the ages, from 7000 years ago to the present day.
Eleanor of Aquitaine
One of the most renowned queens of the Middle Ages, Eleanor was married to two kings, went on crusade and even defended a town under siege at the age of 80.