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Byzantine Reconquista – Siege of Chandax 960-961

“Kings and Generals historical animated documentary series on the history of the Eastern Roman Empire continues with a video on the beginning of the Byzantine Reconquista against the Muslim conquered lands in the X century AD, as the emperor from the Macedonian dynasty Nikephoros II Phokas begins his reconquest with Crete, leading to the siege […]

Imjin: The Japanese Invasion of Korea in the Middle Ages

One of my favorite undergraduate history classes was East Asian Civilization. It’s not my specialty but I excelled in it primarily because I studied so hard to compensate for my ignorance of it. I find these documentaries as well as the Osprey military histories on the order of battle to be intriguing. “Kings and Generals […]

The Tale of Ragnar Lothbrok // Icelandic Saga

Voices of the Past produced an informative narrative documentary on the Icelanic saga about Ragnar Lothbrok. “Written in the 13th century in Iceland, the Tale Of Ragnar Lothbrok (Ragnars saga loðbrókar) tells the story of the legendary Viking king Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons, through a story of love, tragedy, trickery and of course, a […]

The Five Boroughs of the Danelaw

History Time offers an educational historical documentary on the Five Boroughs of the Danelaw that were the result of Viking encroachment upon Anglo-Saxon England. The Danelaw contrasts with the West Saxon law and the Mercian law. The term is first recorded in the early 11th century as Dena lage. It came as an imposition by […]

The Real Ivar the Boneless

History Time produced an enlightening documentary on the historical Ivar the Boneless (Old Norse: Ívarr hinn Beinlausi; born circa 800s; died 873). Ivar was the crippled son of Ragnar Loðbrok and his wife Aslaug. Ivar’s brothers included Björn Ironside, Halfdan Ragnarsson, Hvitserk, Sigurd Snake-in-the-Eye and Ubba.