The Medieval Maldives

The 14th century Maldives were ruled by a mighty queen, participated in international trade, maintained their ancient traditions while also converting to Islam, and kept up their paradise despite the coming and goings of foreigners.

The City of Daulatabad

In the 14th century, the Sultan of Delhi moved his capital to Western India for seven years so that he could wage war and conquer the area. The city was filled with merchants, mystics, scholars, and singers and was stocked rich full of jewels and fruits.

The Delhi Witch Trials

In Medieval India, if you were suspected to be a witch, you would be tied down with weights and thrown into a river. If you floated, you were a witch and would be burned at the stake. This practice was occurring in 14th century India, not just 15th century Europe and 17th century Massachusetts.

Astrolabes and Astrobabes

In the 13th century city of Khanbaliq (modern: Beijing), the science of astronomy was funded and encouraged by the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan in order to advance the art of astrology. Many other arts were popular in that city as well.

The Ascension of Buddha

Disillusioned with the world, Prince Shakyamuni climbed an unconquerable mountaintop to meditate in peace until he died, then reincarnated 84 times until achieving godhood. This version of Buddha’s apotheosis was retold by Marco Polo in the late 13th century.

Sultan Tughluq the Bullied

Sultan Tughluq was one of the Sultans of Delhi, an imperial Islamic kingdom in 14th century India. He was violent and foolish and no one liked him. However, his bad government policies persisted since he continuously waged war on the peoples of the Indian sub-continent. The citizens of Delhi, though, had a funny way of fighting back.