The other possible past: simulation of the Middle Ages in video gamesBy Juan Francisco Jiménez AlcázarImago Temporis, Vol.5 (2011)Abstract: The video game phenomenon is marking our current and future the perception of the medieval past. The simulated setting, the contents this requires and the possibility of manipulating the past are the elements needed to generate entertainment set in the Middle Ages.
Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that caused Justinian’s Plague and the Black Death, was once only able to cause a mild gastrointestinal infection. However, researchers have found that a single genetic change to bacteria turned into one of the deadliest diseases in human history.The article ‘Early emergence of Yersinia pestis as a severe respiratory pathogen’ by Wyndham Lathem and other researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, has just been published in the journal Nature Communications.
Five new books to take you on a journey back into the Middle Ages.Leonardo da VinciBy Walter IsaacsonSimon and SchusterISBN: 9781501139154Excerpt: Around the time that he reached the unnerving milestone of turning thirty, Leonardo da Vinci wrote a letter to the ruler of Milan listing the reasons he should be given a job.
In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the artist Thomas Hearne (1744 – 1817) and engraver William Byrne (1743–1805), began work recording and illustrating a series of historic monuments for The Antiquities of Great Britain. They produced two volumes of these works, the first in 1778 and the second in 1807, both of which were very popular and helped to bring new interest into medieval architecture.
To the amazement of the major powers, Japan had soundly defeated the Russian imperial forces in the Russo-Japanese War (1905) and emerged as the only industrialized society in the Far East. Despite this enhancement of prestige and prosperity, the Japanese faced several nagging problems:Lack of Respect.