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Emmanuel Macron agrees to loan Bayeux tapestry to Britain

President to allow Battle of Hastings embroidery to leave France for first time in 950 years The Bayeux tapestry will be loaned to Britain after Emmanuel Macron agreed to let it leave France for the first time in 950 years. … Continue reading

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Illuminating the medieval Nativity

One of the British Library’s newly digitised manuscripts is well worth a look this Christmas-time (Cotton MS Caligula A VII/1). It was made somewhere in North-East France or Flanders in the 12th century, and it contains eight sumptuous scenes from … Continue reading

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Christmas Coronations

Throughout the Middle Ages, Christmas was a season of festivities and celebrations, just as it is today. 25 December was certainly a high point of this festive season, beginning the twelve days of Christmas which would last until Epiphany. On … Continue reading

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Nails, needles, chains and angels: the pain and joy of ‘In dulci jubilo’

Woodcut self-portrait by Heinrich Suso (Inkunabel K. 7, Bibliothèque Nationale et Universitaire de Strasbourg), c. 1365. In dulci jubilo is one of the most recognisable and joyful melodies of the middle ages, but it carries one of the most shocking … Continue reading

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Seven Medieval Christmas Traditions

Christmas was an important time throughout medieval Europe, and many traditions developed during this period, some of which are still popular. Here are seven things you might see during Christmas in the Middle Ages, which range from cribs in Italy … Continue reading

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Christmas in the Middle Ages

This feature looks at the origins of Christmas and how it was celebrated in the Middle Ages.  It includes links to articles related to this topic. Origins Many ancient religions held great importance for the phenomenon of the winter solstice, … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls – where do halls originate?

“Deck the Halls”  is a Victorian favourite but the refraining Fa la la-ing goes back to earlier ballad forms.  It may even be medieval in origin. My interest isn’t in the origin of the tune or even in the boughs … Continue reading

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