Three gruesome stories from the first plague that swept medieval Europe are told in graphic novel format: An eyewitness describes how the city of Florence was devastated in 1348 as plague reaches Europe; In 1349, a group called flagellants travel around whipping themselves in public to show God they are sorry for their sins and to beg him to end the plague; A fruit seller takes on the job of doctor since regular doctors have either fled the Black Death or died.
Three historic battles to claim the Holy Land during the time of the Crusades are told in graphic novel format: Christian soldiers try to take Jerusalem back from Muslim and Jewish defenders during the First Crusade in 1099; On July 4, 1187, Christian armies of the Kingdom of Jerusalem meet the Muslim forces of Saladin in the decisive Battle of Hattin for the Holy Land; England's King Richard I, and his allies battle Saladin in an attempt to retake Jerusalem during the Third Crusade in 1190.
The exciting events of three historic attacks on medieval castles are told in graphic novel format: In 1203-1204, French King Philip II, lays siege to Chateau Gaillard, a castle in France built by English King Richard I; When Prince Louis of France lays siege to Dover Castle in England in 1216, English forces tunnel under the French attackers; In 1294, Welsh rebel Llywelyn and his army rampage against Conwy Castle, trapping English King Edward I, inside!
Three decisive battles fought by knights in medieval history are told in graphic novel format: In 1415, English long bowmen devastate the French army in the Battle of Agincourt; Successful in holding the French town of Orlans under siege for six months in 1428, the English forces are about to meet 17 year-old Joan of Arc; In 1485, the fight for the throne of England between two royal dynasties comes to an end at Bosworth.
The heroes of rebellion in medieval England are featured in three historic stories told in graphic novel format: William Wallace and his Scottish rebels take on English knights at Stirling Bridge in 1297; In 1381, a band of peasants protest a new tax, leading to a fateful meeting with England's King Richard II; In 1401, Welsh Prince Glyndr, rebelling against English rule, outwits 2,000 English soldiers in the Battle of Bryn Glas.
Three historic battles, from the arrival of the Vikings in early Britain to the Norman invasion, are told in graphic novel format: In 793, the sacking of Lindisfarne is the first Viking raid on Britain; At Ediginton, Alfred the Great defends the kingdom of Wessex from Vikings in 878; In 1066, English forces, exhausted from fighting the Vikings, face a new invader French king, William the Conqueror.
Investigates 12 great moments in the history of newspapers. Includes amazing facts along with information about key players and innovations.