Fellow Catholics, who did you pick as your confirmation Saint and why?
I was thinking of picking St. James the Greater
St Augustine of Hippo advocated converting heretics and Donatists by coercion. He denied that God would be so evil as to predestine people to eternal damnation and yet he inconsistently claimed that God predestines some not all to everlasting life which amounts to saying the same thing. This dollop of hypocrisy and hatred and blasphemy was at the root of his theology and his spiritual life which shows that if he is a saint Karl Marx has more right to be one. Augustine believed that the doctrine he believed as a Manichaean...
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St. Augustine because confessions essentially converted me.
Daily reminder. It was the MIDDLE guard that broke during their advance at Waterloo, not the Old Guard.
Ney was probably the bravest general in that era
Dude took part in bayonet charges and shit
That'll teach'em to just stand there in a dense group while we fire from concealed cover
the painting is Stand Your Ground by Don Troiani
it depicts the battle of Lexington, Massachusetts, April 19, 1775
a battle in which the Americans did not take cover, and a battle the British had won without losing a single man
How did what originally was a minor state in the Holy Roman Empire, in an incredibly swampy and to my knowledge, not very wealthy, region of Germany manage to become the dominant force and eventually the unifying force of all of Germany?
Brandenburg already was a Electorate.
So fairly relevant.
The Saxons, who had lead the Protestant movement into the empire, ruined their position as leaders of the Protestantism when decided to converto to Catholicism when trying to get the Polish Crown, paving the road for the new Protestant champion.
How strong was a man avarge/soldier/knight or the pre historic man compared to an avarge man/strongman today?
Could we do the physical work what they did and could thry go through a workout plan?
>Average man in prehistory
Paleolithic diets give us a good idea what Prehistotic men looked like. They weren't exacty strong, but were built for running and had great endurance. Very little body fat.
Shorter, but in decent shape at the very least. They have more bodyfat on them thanks to agriculture providing food surplus' but still not as much as most men today....
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Depends on social status. Footmen were weaker, since they lacked proper diet and rarely ate meat. Knights were stronger then regular people now, since they had to carry chainmail or even platemail, which weighted up to 15 kg.
Archers also had to be strong to use longbows.
Can a monarchy be formed in a fully atheist society?
No because the monarch always derives his right to rule from a God.
The Egyption pharoes could trace their lineage to the Gods. The Persian Kings also had divine blood. The Roman Emperors were also divine. The Protestant kings were chosen to rule by God. The Catholics kings received their authority from the Pope who was himself God on earth.
However you can have dictatorship, which does not need divine justification. Dicatorships are basically secular monarchy. Heil Hitler.
ITT: We non-religiously compare the literature of the King James Bible and the original Arabic Quran.
I'm really interested in European medieval history, and would like to study it on my own time. I'm interested in any aspect of the history (military strategy and tactics, intrigue, politics, dynasties, etc.)
"War Cruel and Sharp: English Strategy under Edward III" by Clifford Rogers is a personal favorite of mine.
R. C. Smail's "Crusading Warfare" and "The Art of War in Western Europe in the Middle Ages" by J. F. Verbruggen are also important reads.
If you're interested in Henry V and Agincourt and want to get into primary sources, try Anne Curry's "Agincourt: Sources and Interpretations".
Why are there so many flood myths worldwide that pretty much all go the same way
>only a few chosen survive
Flood stories are common across a wide range of cultures, extending back into prehistory the globe over.
certainly this isn't just coincidence, right? Might there have been a global flood at some point in the past couple thousand years?
Meltwater pulse 1A occurred in a period of rising sea level and rapid climate change, known as Termination I, when the retreat of continental ice sheets was going on during the end of the last ice age. Several researchers have narrowed the period of the pulse to between 13,500 and 14,700 calendar years ago with its peak at about 13,800 calendar years ago
during which global sea level rose between 16 meters (52 ft) and 25 meters (82 ft) in about >400–500 years
this is interesting, but it still doesn't tell you if a lot happened all at once during that time frame.
Also interesting to look into are the Missoula Floods
these cataclysmic floods that swept periodically across eastern Washington and down the Columbia River Gorge at the end of the last ice age.
You are a pilgrim. Where do you go?
Post places of religious significance, preferably aesthetically pleasing.
How come nothing of relevance ever happened here?
It seems like it has been "that backwater shithole" since the ancient greeks. Was it just being unlucky and always standing in the shadow of something better? I don't 'get' it or it's irrelevance.
Well Thrace was something, if that counts.
Also the only thing I know that happened was that the Bulgarians revolted against the Byzantine Empire for some time and then tried later on again but failed.
Was World War 1/The Great War really inevitable?
a conflict involving all the powers that were involved was probably not inevitable
nearly every power was able to cooperate/reach agreements with every power in opposition blocs only years before the war broke out, except perhaps austria/russia but even then the dreikaiserbund allowed germany to tether both powers
by 1911 you had the existence of some pretty strong power blocs but it looked like things were shifting as russia had recovered from the russo-japanese war, but some angry serbian teenager had to let one off before the power blocs could break down/change
Nothing is ever inevitable.
However, seeing as Austria was set on a reckoning in the Balkans, and that the leaders of Germany had all but decided on a war 'soon' a few years prior (and to a lesser extent that Russia embarked on a massive military rearmament programme), then yeah, chances are some sort of a war with more than one of the great powers was coming.
yes, conflict between large and powerful imperialist powers always happens, modern technology just made it much more destructive
If not for this fucker, Germany would still be great
When someone is that exceedingly stupid, can you really pin the blame on them? It is like blaming a child for spilling milk. He should have never been burdened with that position to begin with.
Most Chinamen on /his/ maintain the Chinese had pikemen, yet cannot produce pictures of Chinese pikes in historical use.
I...did show a picture of Chinese pike usage. It wasn't in rigid formations like in Europe though due to a more mobile form of war fought in China/Steppes.
Even the shorter spear types were pretty long.
I Romanized another Spurdo for you, /his/
Post historical Spurdos ITT