Tag Archive: Switzerland

Saint Nicholas of Flüe; Died 21 March 1487

Nicholas was born in 1417 in Unterwalden, Switzerland. Nicholas joined the army at age 21 and took part in many battles, including the Battle of Ragaz in 1446. Nicholas was a distinguished soldier and retired at age 37. It’s reported that he fought with a sword in one hand and a rosary in the other….

The Bawdy History of Medieval Playing Cards

Medieavl Playing cards

Playing cards arrived in Europe from Asia sometime in the 14th century, and by 1367 they had their first citywide ban in Bern, Switzerland. That their use, and the anxiety about gambling and idleness encouraged by these “picture books of the devil,” had already resulted in anti-gaming ordinances demonstrates how quickly the cards gained popularity…

Accidental coin find yields medieval money clues

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More than 200 coins from the early 1300s have been discovered by chance in a forest near Zurich. They provide more clues as to how money networks around Switzerland worked during the Middle Ages. An employee of canton Zurich’s archaeological department stumbled upon a pile of coins in a forest while investigating an interesting topographical…

Medieval Child’s Brain Found Preserved

Scientists were able to identify neurons and cerebral cells from the brain preserved from the 13th century. An international team of researchers has identified intact neurons and cerebral cells in a mummified medieval brain, according to a study published in the journal Neuroimage. Found inside the skull of a 13th century A.D. 18-month-old child from…

Ruins of medieval church unearthed in Bern

The remains of a medieval church have been discovered under the town of Moutier in canton Bern. The centrepiece of the ruins is a 66cm-wide wall and part of a rounded apse. Another room and a fitting that could be the foundation of an altar were also uncovered. Archaeologists said the shape of the wall…