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comment Has there ever been a battle with only a single survivor?
@NathanCooper : by claiming it's sci-fi, instead of religion (or mythology) only shows that you are strongly biased in this case.
Jan
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comment Has there ever been a battle with only a single survivor?
@T.E.D. : I was referring to the time period when the Jaredites were supposed to live in. I guess you wanted to write 1827, when the Book of Mormon was written, but I was referring to the in-universe time period.
Jan
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comment Has there ever been a battle with only a single survivor?
(...) What also makes this answer questionable, is that while everyone accepts the existence of events like the Babylonian captivity (from the Bible) and the Trojan war (from the Iliad), and the existence of the ancient Israelites and other ethnic groups from the Bible, the existence of ancient Greeks and Trojans etc., the existence of the Jaredites are, as far as I know, not accepted by most secular historians.
Jan
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comment Has there ever been a battle with only a single survivor?
@T.E.D. : It is from a time period where history and mythology are strongly intermixed, and sometimes the religious account is the only one which survived. In some cases, for example many major events in the Bible and in Greek/Roman mythology are accepted by many secular scholars as authentic (albeit without the supernatural elements). However, this answer should have at least included a similar disclaimer as in my answer (which also deals with a quasi-mythological event).
Jan
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answered Has there ever been a battle with only a single survivor?
Jan
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comment Were life imprisonment and mental insanity the only reasons a divorce couldn't be granted in early 20th century England?
While a useful info, it doesn't answer the question. The question seems to ask whether a divorce which would otherwise have been granted, would be denied in the case of mental disability. This seems to have been commonplace, for example I know of a story from just before WW1 in the Austro-Hungarian empire, where an abused woman was trying to divorce, and it was almost successful, but then her husband threw a tantrum, had a stroke, and became mentally unstable (he already had mental problems before, but this made it much worse, and he never made a recovery), so the divorce failed.
Dec
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accepted When was the last time a reigning monarch personally participated in battle?
Oct
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comment What was the cleanest war ever fought?
except for the later sacrifices, wouldn't this look more like a medieval jousting tournament, which was heavily regulated and casualties were rare?
Sep
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comment Why didn't Roman emperors have harems?
The fact that they were "accused of" meas that the society found such things unacceptable, so therefore even if the emperors did it, they tried to do it in secret.
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Jun
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accepted Why are most late medieval fencing manuals German?
Jun
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comment Why are the “Three Musketeers” called musketeers?
Sorry, but no. The dominant battlefield unit in that time was the Tercio, with separate roles for musketeers and pikemen. Musketeers didn't switch to cold weapons after the first volley, they used a rolling formation with the first rank firing then moving to the back to reload. This was very different from the later flintlock+bayonet warfare. Also, the book depicts the titular 3+1 musketeers using muskets (for example, at La Rochelle, where they participate in actual battles and they do wear full military gear), and they are very good marksmen. However, your first paragraph is still useful.
Jun
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comment Why are the “Three Musketeers” called musketeers?
Note that they were not fighting with sabers but with rapiers. Most of the movies depict them in the city and emphasize duels, but in the books they do use armor, longswords and muskets when they go into battle. They are even noted to be excellent marksmen, at La Rochelle the four of them (with their servants were reloading for them) defeated two dozen enemies in a gunfight. However, in peacetime, they don't walk in full military gear on the streets, this is why they only carry rapiers (and pistols) for self-defense.
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asked Why are most late medieval fencing manuals German?
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asked What were the conditions of joining or leaving the Holy Roman Empire?
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comment Why weren't North American Indians considered to be property yet to be acquired (slaves)?
Note that blacks were already slaves before they were brought to the Americas. Very few if any blacks were directly enslaved by whites, the whites just bought slaves who were already enslaved by other black tribes or Arabic slave merchants.