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Pilgrims in front of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, from Liber peregrinationis, French, c.1410

Medieval pilgrimages thrived on belief in saints' miracles, shaping routes and experiences. Oral traditions spread these stories, influencing pilgrim patterns.

Latin Rule of the Knights Templar

Crusader Criminals: Despite strict rules, theft and quarrels persisted among Templars, resulting in harsh penalties to maintain discipline.

Gambling in Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Bodley 264

Gambling and Monks: Archaeology reveals that despite rules, Templar and knights were avid gamblers, often gaming secretly within religious establishments.

Abbey Church of Sainte-Foy

Decoding Medieval Pilgrimage: Motivations behind the journey ranged from faith and penance to rebellion and theft, revealing the complex nature of this sacred practice.

God Speed! by Edmund Blair Leighton

Crusading Crime: Chivalry tried to control medieval violence but often failed, leading to the glorification of brutality among elites.

An Arab city of the early medieval period

The Gangs of Medieval Cairo were marked by their disreputable reputations and affiliation with violent disorder.

An artistic depiction of a medieval king and queen

Medieval Practice of hereditarily passing down titles ensured power decentralization, providing long-term stability and preventing monopolies.

Fatimid Army

Fatimid criminals, mercenaries, and slave soldiers were key in bolstering the Caliphate's military power, yet faced numerous social and racial challenges.

The Peasants' Revolt of 1381

Representation and Written Constitutions question if historical governance reforms truly offered freedom or manipulated power under a guise of representation.

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