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Holy Terror: The Rise of the Order of Assassins

Jefferson M. Gray | Published: February 24, 2010 at 10:15 am
Early in the second millennium, Hasan-I Sabbah developed a program of carefully targeted political murder that brought security to his Muslim sect, the Order of Assassins, for over a century and a half.

The Roman Empire Loses Its Grip at Adrianople in AD 378

Adrian Goldsworthy | Published: December 02, 2009 at 9:23 pm
The AD 378 Gothic War between the eastern Roman emperor, Valens, and the Tervingi leader, Fritigern, showed the deep flaws in the Roman Empire that would lead to its downfall

MHQ Reader Comments: Casualty Figures from Ancient Historians

Published: August 28, 2009 at 7:01 pm
An MHQ reader reconsiders the credibility of the troop numbers and casualty figures reported by Polybius for the battle of Cannae as presented in Adrian Goldsworthy's article, “Can the Counters Be Counted On?” (Autumn 2008).

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HistoryNet staff | Published: May 01, 2009 at 10:02 am
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Letter from Military History Quarterly - Autumn 2008

Published: September 03, 2008 at 5:56 pm
Military History Quarterly's new editor, William H. Horne, writes about World War II's East Front, Apache chief Victorio, black troops at New Market Heights, and the trustworthiness of ancient writers' statistics.

What if Harald Sigurdsson had won at Stamford Bridge?

Published: August 26, 2008 at 11:34 am
If Harald Sigurdsson, called Harald Hardrada, had triumphed over King Harold at Stamford Bridge, how might the history of England been altered? An online discussion.

Last of the Vikings - Stamford Bridge, 1066

Brendan Manley | Published: August 26, 2008 at 10:23 am
Just weeks before his watershed fight with the Normans at Hastings, English King Harold II faced a full-blown Viking invasion led by the legendary Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge.

St. Botolph's and a Tale of Two Bostons

Published: March 18, 2008 at 7:31 pm
The towns of Boston, England, and Boston, Massachusetts both owe their name to a seventh-century cleric, St. Botolph.

What We Learned... from the Hydaspes River

Richard A. Gabriel | Published: December 26, 2007 at 3:27 pm
At the Hydaspes, Alexander the Great faced a forced river crossing opposed by a strong enemy. The methods he employed to defeat Porus' army and open the road to India are still viable over 2,000 years later.

The Great Castles of North Wales

Jim Hargan | Published: December 20, 2007 at 3:54 pm
The magnificent castles of North Wales were meant to inspire terror and awe and to help Edward Longshanks unify Britain.

What We Learned... from the Battle of Carrhae

Richard Tada | Published: November 16, 2007 at 11:23 am
The mistakes made by the Roman commander Marcus Licinius Crassus against the Parthians at the Battle of Carrhae present object lessons for today.

The Roman Navy: Masters of the Mediterranean

Richard Gabriel | Published: November 16, 2007 at 11:21 am
Marcus Vipsanius Aggripa's innovative tactics gave Octavian's Roman fleet a victory over Marc Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium. Rome was the dominant naval power in the Mediterranean for four centuries.

Adrianople: Last Great Battle of Antiquity

Joe Zentner | Published: October 02, 2007 at 9:55 am
Although it was fought in the East, Emperor Valens' defeat at the Battle of Adrianople had its most direct effect on the affairs of Rome's western provinces. A Roman historian wrote, “No battle in our history except Cannae involved such a massacre.”

Battle of Gaugamela: Alexander Versus Darius

Barry Porter | Published: September 17, 2007 at 3:37 pm
On Sept. 30, 331 BC, the fate of the Greek and Persian empires was decided on a plain 70 miles north of present-day Irbil, Iraq. Alexander the Great faced King Darius III, also called Darius Codomanus, in battle near the hamlet of Gaugamela.

The Guns of Constantinople

Roger Crowley | Published: July 30, 2007 at 10:22 am
History's first great artillery barrage, in 1453, allowed Mehmed to capture Constantinople when all previous Ottoman attempts had failed. Ironically, his cannon were created by a Hungarian named Orban who had once been employed to defend the city.

Rome's Craftiest General: Scipio Africanus

James Lacey | Published: June 08, 2007 at 10:32 am
Scipio Africanus learned the art of war in the hardest and bloodiest of all forums—on the battlefield against Hannibal. At Zama, he applied his lessons, giving Rome victory in the Second Punic War.
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