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What did people in 13th century England know about Greek mythology?

Quite a bit, actually. Graeco-Roman mythology was a significant part of the education curriculum. Much of the educated elite would have been broadly familiar with ancient Greek mythologies through its ...
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Why did really old paintings use such bizarre, unnatural perspective/proportions?

It sounds like you are talking about the transition from Romanesque/Gothic painting styles to Renaissance styles. This is a big topic in Art History (or at least was when I took it back in the '80's). ...
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What are the primary sources for the Mongol sack of Baghdad?

The source containing the most detail is probably al-Ḥawādit̠ al-ğāmiʿa wa-l-tağārib al-nāfiʿa fī l-miʾa l-sābiʿa, a local history of Baghdad under Mongol rule. It was previously attributed to the ...
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What did people in 13th century England know about Greek mythology?

The Nun's Priest's Tale from Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: Lo heere Andromacha, Ectores wyf, That day that Ector sholde lese his lyf, She dremed on the same nyght biforn […] He wente for to ...
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What is the technical term for a head on head battle?

The basic circumstances of a battle depends on the readiness of the two sides to give battle at that time and place. When neither side is prepared, and both armies arrive piece-meal and assemble as ...
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Why did really old paintings use such bizarre, unnatural perspective/proportions?

Anything other than photo-realism makes you 'angry and confused'? That's sad. You're missing out on enjoying a whole lot of good stuff! Early pictorial art was often allegorical rather than strictly ...
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Why did really old paintings use such bizarre, unnatural perspective/proportions?

There's been some perspective around for a long time. Look at this ceiling, from "The Vergilius Vaticanus" dated around 400 C.E. And here's a Chinese painting from around 1000 CE showing a ...
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Why did Henry III of England give his sons English names, other than naming them after his favourite saints?

Although T.E.D fundamentally answered your question, I would like to share some insight on Henry III's devotion to Edward the Confessor for which one can say that was the core motive for naming his ...
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Why did Henry III of England give his sons English names, other than naming them after his favourite saints?

Henry III did in fact name his heir (Edward I) after his favorite saint, Edward the Confessor. ...the King was particularly devoted to the figure of Edward the Confessor, whom he adopted as his ...
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Did Thomas Aquinas's correspondent James of Tonengo become bishop of Vercelli?

Sort of, but he was not recognized by all the electors, some of whom elected another candidate. I can find no evidence that he was ever confirmed as bishop by the Holy See. In short, it's complicated.....
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Why, apart from religious reasons, might someone in thirteenth century England give land to a Church?

I offer this only because no one has yet provided a more informed answer. A few centuries earlier, writing in the early Eighth century, St Bede complained in his 'History of the English Church and ...
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What did people in 13th century England know about Greek mythology?

The Iliad, the most important of Greek Mythology, in ancient times was at the center of western education. Children in Greece prior to the Roman expansion started learning with the Iliad, and the ...
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What is the technical term for a head on head battle?

The "Braveheart" movie was inaccurate in its depiction of the Battle of Stirling Bridge. It showed the Scottish army standing in open field, awaiting an English cavalry attack, and thrusting their ...
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What is the evidence supporting the story of Padmavati saving her honour by self-immolation?

Rani Padmavati is a very popular character, but to call her a historical character will be misleading, and wrong, based on evidences so far. History is based on written sources. Now, there can be a ...
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Why, apart from religious reasons, might someone in thirteenth century England give land to a Church?

This is an example of frankalmoin, a type of feudal land tenure where land was given to the church free of any military, religous or secular service. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankalmoin The ...
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When Genghis Khan took power, what was the population of Mongolia?

According to the Atlas of World Population History (by McEvedy and Jones), it was about 800,000. ... the demographic base was of the same order of magnitude about 800,000 when in the 13th century ...
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Why didn't the knights of Western Europe drive the Moors out of Granada in 1212 when they invaded Iberia?

In order to actually keep the territory they won on the battlefield, and to move on further south, the Christians would have to take the castles and fortified towns in the area (as was mentioned in ...
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Why did really old paintings use such bizarre, unnatural perspective/proportions?

Not all "really old" art has no perspective. True, it's not usually seen, but good examples of it show up wherever there's a culture that was rich enough to have full-time, professional ...
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Did Thomas Aquinas's correspondent James of Tonengo become bishop of Vercelli?

Italian Wikipedia states Martino Avogadro di Quaregna † ( 1244 - deceased July 1268 ) Vacant See (1268-1273) Aimone di Challant † (21 December 1273 - 19 June 1303 died) But: The arch-diocese itself ...
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Which English king voided noble land claims after a certain date?

I think the recollection here is about the writ of quo warranto, a legal procedure for establishing somebody's claim to have a certain legal right. For its purposes, the cutoff point was 1189. It is ...
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Were people really as haphazardly *burned at the stake* back in the day in Europe as they make it out to have been?

The body of the question seems to be very different from the headline. You do not seem to be raising any substantive doubts about any particular historical account. The article you link to about the ...
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Besides Magna Carta and general decentralization, what specifically led to democratization in England?

Even earlier than the Glorious Revolution, I recall reading the Hundred Years' War between the royal dynasties of England and France from 1337 to 1453 also played an important role in building the ...
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