During the Middle Ages Asia had become home to some of the most advanced civilizations on Earth. These civilizations flourished while much of Western Europe was swallowed up in chaos, war, and poverty. As Europe declined, Asia excelled.
It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerley try to help another without helping himself.
Charles Dudley Warner
In A.D 1349 to upgrade the fighting skill of the peasantry, King Edward III of England banned all sports in his country save one--archery.