Leonardo da Vinci: Italian Renaissance Polymath

Leonardo da Vinci was a leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance who's known for his enduring works "The Last Supper" and "Mona Lisa." Born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Italy, Leonardo da Vinci was the epitome of a “Renaissance man.” Possessor of a curious mind and keen intellect, da Vinci studied the laws of science and nature, which greatly informed his work as a painter, sculptor, [...]

By | 2017-09-01T08:13:17+00:00 August 1st, 2017|Public Figures, Renaissance|0 Comments

The Siege Of Nuremberg 1632: The Thirty Years’ War.

The Siege of Nürnberg was a battle campaign that took place in 1632 about the Imperial City of Nuremberg during the Thirty Years' War. Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, rather than engage the larger forces of Albrecht von Wallenstein, retreated into the city. Wallenstein immediately laid siege, an action that soon proved difficult for both sides. Despite Gustavus's efforts to challenge Wallenstein on the open field, Wallenstein did not give battle. [...]

By | 2017-09-01T09:32:57+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Historical Events, Renaissance|1 Comment

San Jose Spanish Galleon: Treasure Fleet

The wreck of a lost treasure ship has been found 307 years after it vanished beneath the waves. The galleon San Jose was found at the bottom of the Caribbean off the Colombian coast on Nov. 27, President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia said in a statement on Saturday (Dec. 5). Built in 1696, the Spanish galleon was lost in a sea battle with the English in 1708. A [...]

By | 2017-09-02T00:07:47+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Historical Events, Renaissance|0 Comments

Santa Maria Ship: Christopher Columbus First Voyage

It's been missing for more than 500 years. But now there are reports that the Santa Maria ship, the largest ship among the trio that made Christopher Columbus' first expedition to North America, may be found. Undersea explorer Barry Clifford says he thinks he has found the ship in waters off of Haiti's coast. "All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological evidence strongly suggest that this wreck is Columbus' [...]

By | 2017-09-04T06:36:15+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Renaissance|0 Comments

French Revolution: Monarchy in Crisis

A watershed event in modern European history, the French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. During this period, French citizens razed and redesigned their country’s political landscape, uprooting centuries-old institutions such as absolute monarchy and the feudal system. Like the American Revolution before it, the French Revolution was influenced by Enlightenment ideals, particularly the concepts of popular sovereignty and [...]

By | 2017-09-04T08:19:03+00:00 June 20th, 2017|Historical Events, Renaissance|0 Comments

Thomas Plunkett: A Pattern for the Battalion

The 95th was one of the most prolific regiments to leave us with many accounts of its actions through the memoirs and diaries of the men who served in it. One name above keeps cropping up; Thomas Plunkett. Born in 1785 in Newtown, Wexford, Ireland, and like many of his comrades in the 95th, he served in the local Militia. Described by Edward Costello as ‘a smart, well-made fellow, [...]

By | 2017-09-04T11:54:05+00:00 June 10th, 2017|Public Figures, Renaissance|0 Comments

Britain Civil War: The Battle of Culloden

The Battle of Culloden was fought on Drumossie Moor, to the north east of Inverness, on April 16, 1746. It was the last of the great Jacobite risings - popular attempts to reinstate a Stuart monarch on the throne of Britain - and was led by Charles Edward Stuart, also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie or the Young Pretender. The term Jacobite comes from the name ‘Jacobe’, which is [...]

By | 2017-09-11T12:23:50+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Historical Events, Renaissance|0 Comments

The Thirty Year War: The Battle of Rocroi 1643

The Thirty Years War (1618-1648) was the most traumatic event to affect Europe prior to the Napoleonic Era and the two world wars of the 20th century. It was centered mainly in the Holy Roman Empire – which encompassed much of modern-day Germany – and its conflicts between Catholic and Protestant rulers. Background to the Battle of Rocroi It devolved into a general political conflict. It's several stages are marked [...]

By | 2017-03-12T09:00:02+00:00 March 12th, 2017|Renaissance|0 Comments

The Battle of Waterloo: Defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte

The Battle of Waterloo, which took place in Belgium on June 18, 1815, marked the final defeat of French military leader and emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), who conquered much of continental Europe in the early 19th century. Napoleon rose through the ranks of the French army during the French Revolution (1789-1799), seized control of the French government in 1799 and became emperor in 1804. Through a series of wars, he [...]

By | 2017-02-08T12:26:57+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Renaissance|0 Comments

Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Austerlitz

With threats emerging from the Russia and Austria, Napoleon abandoned his ambitions to invade England during the summer of 1805 and turned to deal with these new adversaries. Moving with speed and efficiency, 200,000 French troops departed their camps near Boulogne and began crossing the Rhine along a 160-mile front on September 25. Responding to the threat, Austrian General Karl Mack concentrated his army at the fortress of Ulm in Bavaria. [...]

By | 2016-12-28T16:20:06+00:00 December 8th, 2016|Historical Events, Renaissance|0 Comments

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