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date: 13 Feb
The Collapse of the Central Tower of Ely Cathedral    - 13th February 1322 -    The monks had just finished the service of matins, around 4.30am, in the monastery at Ely. There was a noise so loud that they believed they were suffering an earthquake. What had happened was that the central tower of the cathedral, where the nave joins the chancel...
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  • 14th Century
  • Medieval
  • Religion
date: 12 Jun
The Peasants’ Revolt Reaches London     -  June 12th 1381   In 1990 much of Britain was erupting in violence as the full impact of the hated Poll Tax was taking effect.  Police were fighting running battles with rioters in Trafalgar Square as they tried to force their way into Downing Street and Parliament.  Up and down the country similar...
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  • 14th Century
  • Politics
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date: 14 Sep
14th September 1321  -  “Dante and Shakespeare divide the world between them, there is no third.” So said T.S. Eliot. Dante is undoubtedly one of the finest writers that ever walked the earth but it is the afterlife for which he is better known. His work “The Divine Comedy” is a classic of literature. It is an allegory about his walk through the...
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  • 14th Century
  • Art & Culture
  • Biography
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date: 24 Aug
26th August 1346  -  A new type of warfare, that was to last until the nineteenth century, was unleashed by Edward III on the French in the fourteenth century – projectile warfare. Before gunfire the use of massed ranks of longbow men became a method of attack that was not only highly useful and ruthlessly effective but also economical. The cost...
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  • Battles
  • Kings & Queens
  • Medieval
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