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10 Interesting Facts About the 95 Theses of Martin Luther

Marin Luther is known today as one of the icons of Reformation. This clergyman and avid theologist, born in 1483 in Germany, was among the first few ones to see the deception of the practices held by the Catholic church and spoke against it. The matter in question was the sale of „indulgences”, certificates which were said to have the power of absolution of sins for both the living sinners and their loved ones whose souls were in purgatory. The idea was supported by the Pope himself, and therefore gained…

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15 Essential Facts about the Hussite Wars

The Hussite Wars, also known as the Bohemian Wars were part of a whole religious motion called the Hussite Revolution. The basis of the revolution was the protestant faith of the Hussites who stood in opposition to the regular religion of the Roman Catholic church. They were the followers of a Bohemian (nowadays Czech) priest and reformer by the name Jan Hus. The monarchs along with the Church tried to dissuade the Hussites from their faith and as a consequence, they rebelled. The wars continued from ca. 1419 to 1434….

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10 Diplomatic Facts about the Perry Expedition and the Convention of Kanagawa

The Perry Expedition was the first successful attempt to establish trade and diplomatic relations between the United States and Japan, held by Commodore Matthew Perry in the years 1853-54. Previously, the Japanese ruling party, the Tokugawa shogunate led a policy of isolation of the country, allowing only trade with the Dutch and China on a very small area. The Perry Expedition was a diplomatic attempt to change this policy and establish long-term benefits for both countries. It was followed by signing the Convention of Kanagawa, which was the official treaty…

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10 Intriguing Facts about the Trial of Joan of Arc

Today, Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, is one of the symbols of the liberation of France. She is also revered as a Catholic saint and martyr. But, her beginnings were quite humble. Born in a peasant family living in medieval France, the girl first claimed she was anointed by God at the age of 12. She believed that her mission was above all to lead France to victory. Life was not easy for her, as dressed in men’s clothing as a teenager she became a counselor to prince…

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10 Thought-Provoking Facts About the Emancipation Proclamation

1. It freed over 3 million people in one day. The Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential proclamation and an executive order, which means that is was both a document issued out of the President’s free will and a law in full force. With one single document, on January 1, 1863 the federal legal status of more than 3 million people changed in a day. All the formerly enslaved from the designated areas of the South were now officially free. In practice, anyone who managed to escape from the Confederate government…

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