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Enemies of Rome
Tenochtitlan was the capital city of the Aztec Empire. The city was built on an island in what was then Lake Texcoco in the valley of Mexico.
In the center of Tenochtitlan was a walled square, where in temples on top of high pyramids Aztec holy men honored their gods with colorful ceremonies and human sacrifices.
The jjDesigns Aztec Temple Complex pieces can be combined to create a suitable backdrop which can fit on a standard 36” wide shelf.
Either the exterior of the walled complex or the interior of the walled complex can be represented.
A display similar to the Roman Fort can be created, which can represent a simple shelf backdrop or a complete fort/temple complex!
The Straight Wall section is 8 7/8 wide by 5 high and 2 3/4 Inches deep.
The Temple Walled Shelf display is 35” wide by 5 ½” deep, and 7” high
Please note there will also be separate staircases available.
Aztec Temple Complex
William Duke of Normandy (c. 1028-1087), usually known as William the Conqueror was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087.
In the 1050’s and early 1060’s, William became a contender for the throne of England held by the Childless Edward the Confessor, his first cousin removed.
There were other claimants. Including the powerful English earl Harold Godwinson, whom Edward had named as King on his deathbed, in January 1066.
William argued that Edward had previously promised the throne to him, and that Harold had sworn to support his claim.
Throughout the summer of 1066, William assembled an army and an invasion fleet in Normandy. This force included, in addition to troops from William’s own territories of Normandy and Maine, large numbers of mercenaries, allies and volunteers from Brittany, Northeast France and Flanders.
The Battle of Hastings took place on the 14th October 1066. Although the numbers on each side were about equal, William had the advantage of having both cavalry, infantry and many archers.
Harold had only foot soldiers, and few archers. The English formed a shield wall along a ridge, and were initially so effective that the invading Norman army was repeatedly thrown back with heavy casualties.
Towards the end of the day some of William’s Breton troops panicked and fled, with some of the English troops pursuing the fleeing Bretons. These English troops who had broken ranks, were themselves attacked and destroyed by the Norman mounted knights.
Norman knights were armoured warriors that fought on horseback, with lance , sword and shield. These were the Norman “secret weapon” as nothing like them had been seen before in England. There were between 1,000-2,000 Norman knights in William’s army, and it was these troops which proved decisive to the invading army’s victory.
Two further Norman retreats were feigned, which once again drew the English into pursuit and expose them to repeated attacks by the Norman cavalry.
It appears that the decisive event was Harold’s death, of which there are differing versions which are told.
William of Jumieges claimed that Harold was killed by the Duke himself.
The Bayeux tapestry shows Harold’s death by an arrow to the eye.
Age of Arthur - Norman Knights
The Crusades were a series of religious wars initiated and often supported directly by the catholic church between the 11th and the 17th century.
The Crusades differed from other religious conflicts in that they were considered a penance by the participants that brought forgiveness for confessed sin.
In 1095 Pope Urban II proclaimed the First Crusade at the council of Clermont. He encouraged military support for the Byzantine Emperor against the Seljuk Turks, and an armed pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Jacobite Rebellion - Bonnie Prince Charley
Bonnie Prince Charley, known also as the Young Pretender, whose name in full was Charles Edward louis Philip Casimir Stuart, was born December 31st 1720 in Rome, and died January 31st 1788 also in Rome.
He was the last serious Stuart claimant to the British throne and leader of the unsuccessful Jacobite Rebellion of 1745.
Jacobite Rebellion 1745
Drums along the Mohawk
Drums along the Mohawk
Rhode Island Regiment
Rhode Island Regiment 1781
Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts - Jeremiah Johnson
A mountain man was an explorer who lived in the wilderness. They were instrumental in opening up the various Emigrant Trails (widened into wagon roads) allowing Americans in the east to settle the new territories of the far west by organized wagon trains traveling over roads explored and in many cases, physically improved by the mountain men and the big fur companies originally to serve the mule train based inland fur trade.
Mountain men were most common in the North American Rocky Mountains from about 1810 through to the 1880s (with a peak population in the early 1840s). Approximately 3,000 mountain men ranged the mountains between 1820 and 1840, the peak beaver-harvesting period. While there were many free trappers, most mountain men were employed by major fur companies. The life of a company man was almost militarized. The men had mess groups, hunted and trapped in brigades and always reported to the head of the trapping party. This man was called a "boosway", a bastardization of the French term bourgeois. He was the leader of the brigade and the head trader.
John "Liver-Eating" Johnson, born John Jeremiah Garrison Johnston, was a mountain man of the American Old West. Immortalized by the 1972 movie, starring Robert Redford.
Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts
JJD Aircraft Collection
The Aircraft Tug, or Moto-Tug was a small but powerful tractor which was employed on aircraft carriers during the second World War as planes became larger and more difficult to maneuver by hand around the crowded flight deck. The Moto-Tug had a small turning radius and was ideal for work maneuvering planes on the crowded and busy aircraft carrier runways.
Equipped with durable steel bumper, 45hp engine and double rear tires, the Moto-Tug was able to tow an approx. 1.8 ton payload.
Please note these Moto-Tug sets include 2 pins for attaching the yellow tow bar. One of these is a spare pin.
JJD Aircraft Collection