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Medieval Antisemitism: the origins on the Judenstern
27 January 2018   |    FoliaFocus

Judenstern preserved at the Jewish Museum Westphalia of Dorsten, Germany. Leggi l'articolo in Italiano On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Red Army entered Auschwitz concentration and extermination camp. With the opening of the lager gates -…

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20 December 2017   |    Folia

Today marks the last day of this year's Hanukkah (or Chanukkah), the eight-day Jewish holiday also known as the Festival of Lights or the Feast of Dedication. The name Hanukkah, meaning 'dedication', 'inauguration', 'consecration', indicates…

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Cats in the Middle Ages: why did people hate them so much?
29 June 2016   |    FoliaFocus

In the Middle Ages, the kittens we pet and love today were either considered mere tools for catching mice or they were even hated. Whether they were seen as manifestations of the devil, transmuted witches…

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Sex in the Middle Ages, between truth and legends
23 April 2016   |    FoliaFocus

Jacques Rossiaud’s Sexualités au Moyen age reveals some interesting trivia about sexuality in the Middle Ages. The essay by the French historian illustrates medieval sexual habits and beliefs, denying some clichés on the subject and…

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Saint George and the Dragon: the origins of the legend
21 April 2016   |    FoliaFocus

In our imagination George, the knight-martyr, is the saint that kills the dragon, but his most ancient representations tell us a completely different story. As a symbol of evil and paganism, the dragon appears frequently…

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30 April 2014   |    FoliaFocus

Falcon hunting, concerts outdoors and courtly leisure: the month of May is really delightful in Middle Ages, if you are blue-blooded. Let’s discover how and why illuminators painted it so. . Leggi l'articolo in italiano…

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