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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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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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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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Medieval Christmas AD 336 – c. 1400

Was the medieval Christmas primarily a religious feast? Or a boisterous folk-festival? The answer is probably both! Nativity from Sarcophagos, Circa 330-335 Palazzo Massimo, Rome © Richard Stracke CCBY The roots of the celebration of Christmas are probably too complicated … Continue reading

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Star Wars and the Middle Ages

As someone who was just three years old when the first Star Wars film was released in 1977, I am of the generation that is the most influenced by the imagery and ideas of stormtroopers, X-Wing Fighters, and ‘The Force’. … Continue reading

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