middle ages

  1. John_Smith

    Rotten Recollections | An Experimental High Medieval World-Building Exercise
    Threadmarks: Opening

    I've wanted to try my hand at this for a year or so, so please bear with me for a bit. Inspired by a great many phenomenal timelines such as Union of American Realms, And All Nations Shall Gather To It and A House of Lamps, this is my highly experimental attempt at creating a high medieval...
  2. Direct Knowledge of Homer in Medieval Western Europe?

    While reading various histories of the Middle Ages, I have occasionally come across references to the Homeric works (mentions of romances that alluded to Ulysses/Odysseus, for example), but not in a way that would imply familiarity with the actual texts of the Iliad and Odyssey. So, how familiar...
  3. WI: Austro-Hungarian victory at Marchfeld, but both Rudolf and Ottokar die?

    IOTL Rudolf was almost killed in the Battle of Marchfeld, but the timely arrival of Ulrich von Kapellen's cavalry broke the Bohemian army and Ottokar was killed in turn. So what if Rudolf if killed in the melee just as the relief force arrives (or injured, but succumbs to his wounds later), but...
  4. AHC: Make it so that the 17th century is the most popular past era in modern pop culture instead of the Middle Ages

    Since at least the mid-to-late 1800s, the most popular historical era in Western popular culture has been the Middle Ages, specifically the High Middle Ages from about 1000 to 1300. You know, swords and armor, knights, crusades, castles, kings, etc. Sometimes earlier things (like Arthurian...
  5. AHC/WI: Earlier European Industrial Revolution?

    What could've been an earlier date in European History when an Industrial Revolution could have occurred? For example, I remember reading that some French Monasteries, and the Venetian Arsenal have been getting close by the early 1200s towards a standardized proto-assembly line kind of...
  6. The Diaries of Desiderius: A Lombard Timeline
    Threadmarks: #1: Prologue

    Prologue “Cherish your days as a knight, my son, for these are days of bravery and glory. At the end of the day, you may wash your hands of the blood of the enemy slain in a fair combat. But when the day will come that you shall be King, how will you wash away the blood of the unknown...
  7. Mr_Fanboy

    Maximally Successful Hungarian Invasion of Europe

    I have always found it interesting that the early Hungarian migrations of the ninth and tenth century have never been the subject of much alternate history discussion aside from speculation as to where they could have ultimately settled aside from Pannonia. After all, they were able to raid much...
  8. AHC: Make a modern country culturally, socially, and economically resemble the High Middle Ages

    To what extent could a 21st century country realistically resemble the society, culture, economics, and aesthetics of the European High Middle Ages and what divergences would it require? I. Religion This is potentially the easiest, any Latin European or Latin American country (or another...
  9. AHC: The Black Death killed 90% of people in Eurasia

    Another challenge of mine (muahahaha), so what if a particularly virulent and fatal strain of the Black Death evolved in the grasslands of Central Asia prior to its spread across Eurasia, maybe the genome of the bacteria was changed by a few base sequences or so. By the mid 13th century, the...
  10. KingOnTheEdge

    DBWI: Otto I Conquers Italy?

    OTL, Germany has a very similar history to other western european states of similar size and population- beat up pagans, crusade, go to war with your own nobles because they want to limit your power over your land, repeat a few times, and generally be scared of France. Now, germany has always...
  11. AHC/WI: Reconquista ends in XIII century

    Between conquests of Ferdinand III of Castille (1252), and the final fall of Granada (1491) there is almost 250 years. It seems that Christian Cingdoms had a lot of bad luck later, since there was always either some plague, civil war or some new arabic intervention to save the Emirate of...
  12. AHC: Medieval Kurdistan

    Your challenge is to have an independent Kurdish state arise sometime in the Middle Ages.
  13. Višeslav

    How does Saladin not ruling egypt affect the crusader states?

    Saladin's role in more or less removing catholic forces from the holy land is often very much hyped up. He is seen by many as the saviour of the Islamic world from Christian invaders. Now I don't believe in the idea that a great man alone is enough to shape history so drastically. What I'm...
  14. WI: No An Lushan Rebellion

    Let's say that, for one reason or another, the An Lushan Rebellion never happened. Maybe An Lushan choked on a dumpling, or maybe he just never decides to rebel. What's more important to me than the why is the consequences for China and the wider world. So, what would happen if An Lushan didn't...
  15. A Tale of Prester John – A Nestorian Mongol Empire
    Threadmarks: Prelude

    Prelude: In 1216 Temujin, later to be known as Genghis Khan, converts to Nestorian Christianity after being convinced by the many influential Nestorians in his court that it was the one true faith. At first, this momentous event that would reverberate throughout the whole world for centuries to...
  16. Lepoofoster

    hello im current working on a iberia timeline and kinda need help

    I'm current working on a post-middle age independent,when is castile and aragon don't remain united after Ferdinand and Isabella i'm current looking a flag and a map for Aragon and castille. their state are Castilian Confederation and the Republic of Aragon il would be apperciate to see any...
  17. Drunkrobot

    What was the highest level of sanitation/medicine plausible in Medieval Europe?

    So let's talk shit. Most historians seem to agree that Europe in the Middle Ages, most particularly the period of the High Middle Ages from about 1000 CE to 1300 CE, was very far from the completely ignorant and plague-riddled mud farmers portrayed by Monty Python, but it would also be too much...
  18. WI: Saint Rurik?

    Okay, so this might be a stretch, but since so much of the man is clouded in myth, I think it might happen. What if Rurik, not long after his conquest of Novgorod (but before taking Kiev) meets a group of Catholic missionaries from Francia and decides for political reasons to convert to...
  19. Petike

    The Westward Wind (a medieval allohistorical narrative)
    Threadmarks: Prologue: The Storm

    Prologue: The Storm The waves lashed at the wooden ship, rocking it violently. Its hull creaked loudly, seemingly ready to come apart at the seams. On the first day of the unceasing storm, they still bothered to stay outside, struggling against the wind, rain, and damage to the meagre rigging...
  20. WI: Returning Crusaders popularize Islamic hygiene in Europe

    Inspired by this recollection from Usama ibn Munqidh, a 12th century Arab scholar.
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