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Strange punishments In Norman times there were many strange punishments. Cheats and thieves were put in the pillory. or had to sit all day in the stocks, so that everyone laughed at them and pelted them with rubish.

Summer time in bloom Beyond the white lilies are the yellow lillies with upstanding stems and further away the pink-flowered persicaria with its floating leaves

St. Augustine Zhao Rong Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria in the 600s. Depending on China’s relations with the outside world, Christianity over the centuries was free to grow or was forced to operate secretly. The 120 martyrs in this group...

Roses where a part of the medieval pleasure gardens and used as a Christian symbol of Jesus and his suffering. A couple of roses can be traced back to the Middle Ages like the Rosa gallica var. officinalis also known as the Apothecary's rose. Presumably...

We had the fight with the big troll and now the black knights were attacking the soldiers so the knights ran off on their horses and their machines. The enormous catapault-machines The black knights were victorious The king along with six knights were...

In the Middle Ages they had a lot of plants too, some growing wild and others imported by the monks from southern countries of Europe. During the Middle Ages the term 'pleasure gardens' appear. These are gardens made, not for practical purposes, but for...

During the Norman times, as there were no police, the king's laws were often broken, and if the King was weak, the barons did as they liked. Men sometimes bribed others to say things which were not true

The dragon-fly, hovering above the leaf, is the greatest of our British dragons of the air. The green and gold body glitters in the sunlight as the great, translucent globes of its compound eyes look out in all directions for some succelent insect to...

St. Gregory Grassi Christian missionaries have often gotten caught in the crossfire of wars against their own countries. When the governments of Britain, Germany, Russia, and France forced substantial territorial concessions from the Chinese in 1898,...

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