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Listen to the oldest English song, 'Sumer is icumen in'

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The oldest English song in existence is known from a miscellany that was probably written in Oxford around 1260 and later stored at Reading Abbey.
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The oldest English song in existence is known from a miscellany that was probably written in Oxford around 1260 and later stored at Reading Abbey. Listen to the oldest song in history: the 3,400-year-old Hurrian Hymn > Listen to an 800-year-old Icelandic hymn sung in a train station > The beautifully preserved manuscript contains poems, fables and medical texts – and the only written record of ‘Sumer is icumen in’. The song is a ‘rota’ or round, a canon for several voices (in this case six). It describes the coming spring, a singing cuckoo and various excited farm animals. Click the image below for a closer look at the full manuscript. (Image: British Library) The existence of this score is incredible in itself, but there are a number of...
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The illuminated manuscripts that are lighting up the Fens

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... sumptuous Parisian exemplars from the late 13th century, and early Italian humanist works), and some Ottoman, Persian, and Tibetan illuminations, ...
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‘Illumination’, from the Latin illuminare, means the bringing of light. The term was originally restricted to the use of gold within manuscripts and meant not the supply of images to accompany text, but capturing light on the page. It is paradoxically apt, then, that the first impression on entering the Fitzwilliam’s wonderful exhibition, ‘Colour’ (until 30 December), is of darkness. The dimness is obviously necessary for the preservation of the artefacts displayed, but it also serves a less practical purpose: the illuminations glowing in their cases seem themselves the source of light. The exhibition encourages us to think of these manuscripts as harbours of colour, treasuries in which gold, vermilion, and cochineal have been happed in ...
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Bede's World to reopen this weekend – Melvyn Bragg to welcome first visitors

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Visitors can also join historical re-enactors Breguswith and Yrmenlaf for an authentic 8th-century experience with storytelling and music, and learn ...
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Tourist attraction Bede’s World will reopen for business this weekend. Now called Jarrow Hall Anglo-Saxon Farm Village and Bede Museum, it is opening again to the public after financial problems led to its closure earlier this year. Melvyn Bragg It is now being run by environmental charity Groundwork.On Sunday, families are being urged to go along to see the new attraction officially re-open to the public.The new venture has been backed by writer and broadcaster Lord Bragg, and visitors will be welcomed through the doors from 10am to 4pm.They will be able to take part in a programme of indoor and outdoor activities – including getting up close to rare breed animals, sampling life 1,300 years ago and travelling back to the 10th century th...
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Kirchenhistoriker: Papsttum und Mönchtum ergänzten sich

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Church historian: Papacy and monasticism complemented
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Auch der kirchenhistorische Blick auf die Zeit der Kirchenreform im 11. Jahrhundert mache den großen Einfluss der Orden bzw. die Verwebung von ...
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Also the Church-historical look at the time of church reform in the 11th century make the great influence of the order or the interweaving of...
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Salzburg, 20.10.2016 (KAP) Wer an Mönche denkt, denkt in der Regel an Kontemplation, Stille und Einkehr; wer an das Papsttum denkt, denkt in der Regel an kuriale Geschäftigkeit, Kirchenpolitik und internationales Handeln. Dass man beide Sphären jedoch nicht in dieser Form trennen kann, sondern bereits die Kirchengeschichte seit dem Mittelalter eine gegenseitige Durchdringung beider Bereiche kannte, unterstrich der deutsche Historiker Klaus Herbers bei einem Vortrag in Salzburg. Die Opposition von "kontemplativem Kloster auf der einen und hektischer Kurie auf der anderen Seite" würde "den Blick dafür verstellen, wie unterschiedlich es an der Kurie, aber auch in Klöstern zugehen konnte", so Herbers in seinem Festvortrag am Mittwochabend zu...
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Salzburg, 20.10.2016 (CAPE) who thinks of monks, thinks in General of contemplation, silence and contemplation; who thinks of the Papacy, thinks usually at kuriale busy-ness, politics, and international action. One can separate both spheres but not in this form, but the history of the Church already knew an interpenetration of both areas since the middle ages, the German historian of Klaus Herbers at a lecture in Salzburg underlined. The opposition of "kontemplativem monastery on one side and hectic Curia on the other side" would "obscure for it, how different to the Curia, but could go to in monasteries", so Hamilton in his lecture on Wednesday night...
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Palestinian President To Help Fund 'Tomb Of Christ' Restoration

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The renovations will see the the marble slabs taken off, the 12th century Crusader shrine beneath the Aedicule repaired and the cracks in the ...
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Members of the Catholic clergy hold candles during a procession around the Aedicule during Holy Week.Reuters The President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has offered to make a personal contribution to support the restoration work on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.  The church is believed by many to occupy the site of Jesus' crucifixion and burial and is visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year. Its ownership and maintenance is shared in a complex arrangement between different Churches. The shrine at the heart of the complex called the Aedicule, the supposed location of the tomb of Jesus, is being renovated at a cost of $3.4 million and the monument, which in its present form dates back to 1810,...
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The illuminated manuscripts that are lighting up the Fens

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These pages are deposits of global history: in the early 12th century, after the First Crusade, for example, vermilion and ultramarine became more ...
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‘Illumination’, from the Latin illuminare, means the bringing of light. The term was originally restricted to the use of gold within manuscripts and meant not the supply of images to accompany text, but capturing light on the page. It is paradoxically apt, then, that the first impression on entering the Fitzwilliam’s wonderful exhibition, ‘Colour’ (until 30 December), is of darkness. The dimness is obviously necessary for the preservation of the artefacts displayed, but it also serves a less practical purpose: the illuminations glowing in their cases seem themselves the source of light. The exhibition encourages us to think of these manuscripts as harbours of colour, treasuries in which gold, vermilion, and cochineal have been happed in ...
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12th century Galician castle denied permission to be used as a Parador

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The High Court has annulled permission to use the El Castillo de Monterrei as a luxury hotel. It comes after an 18 month legal wrangling following ...
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A PARADOR inside a 12th century Spanish castle has been declared illegal. The High Court has annulled permission to use the El Castillo de Monterrei as a luxury hotel. It comes after an 18 month legal wrangling following protests against the original building permit granted in May 2014. Those opposed to the plans, claimed that the original permission gave to developers would ‘destroy an important part of history’. The ruling found that the original permission granted by the Monterrei Town Hall had exceeded building regulations and planning laws. The medieval castle belonged to the House of Alba is one of the best preserved in Galicia. The town hall wanted to transform the castle to boost dwindling tourism figures in the area. “The plan b...
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Fin des fouilles près du Kunsthaus à Zurich

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End of excavations near the Kunsthaus in Zurich
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Du Moyen-Age, les experts ont découvert un sentier bien conservé avec des fossés de drainage et des restes de clôtures. Près du sentier, ils ont mis ...
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Of the middle ages, experts have discovered a trail well preserved with drainage ditches and fences remnants. Near the trail, they put...
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Fin des fouilles près du Kunsthaus à Zurich Les fouilles archéologiques ont pris fin sur le site où sera construite l'annexe du Kunsthaus de Zurich. Les spécialistes y ont trouvé des traces de présence humaine qui vont de la fin de la période glaciaire jusqu'au 17e siècle.Les fouilles ont duré près d'une année. Comme les archéologues s'y attendaient, elles ont permis de mettre au jour des éléments marquants de l'histoire de Zurich, a indiqué jeudi Andreas Motschi, chef de projet au département des constructions de la Ville de Zurich. L'analyse des objets découverts peut commencer.Les travaux n'ont par contre pas permis de trouver de traces d'un cimetière juif. Aucun reste humain n'a été découvert. Des rabbins new-yorkais avaient protesté...
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End of excavations near the Kunsthaus in Zurich archaeological excavations were completed on the site where the annex to the Kunsthaus Zurich will be built. Experts have found traces of human presence that range from the end of the glacial period until the 17th century. The excavations lasted almost a year. As the archaeologists expected, they helped update the highlights of the history of Zurich, said Andreas Motschi, project manager at the Department of buildings of the city of Zurich on Thursday. The analysis of the discovered objects can begin. However, work did not find traces of a Jewish cemetery. No human remains were found. New York rabbis protested...
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ACTUEL MOYEN ÂGE (41) – Les liens sacrés du mariage

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CURRENT MIDDLE AGES (41) - links sacred marriage
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Tous les jeudis, Nonfiction vous propose un Actuel Moyen Âge. Aujourd'hui, le divorce de Brad Pitt et Angelina Jolie nous replonge au coeur de ...
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Every Thursday, Nonfiction offers a current Middle Ages. Today, the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie takes back us to the heart of...
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ACTUEL MOYEN ÂGE (41) ? Les liens sacrés du mariage [jeudi 20 octobre 2016 - 15:00] Tous les jeudis, Nonfiction vous propose un Actuel Moyen Âge. Aujourd'hui, le divorce de Brad Pitt et Angelina Jolie nous replonge au coeur de l'indissolubilité du mariage au Moyen Âge...   Il y a quelques semaines, Brad Pitt et Angelina Jolie annonçaient leur divorce. Hollywood – et la terre entière – était en émoi. Pas que les divorces ne soient pas fréquents dans le cinéma, mais ce couple était devenu le symbole d’un amour qui devait être éternel. Mais pourquoi vouloir que les mariages durent toujours ? Pendant longtemps au Moyen Âge, cela n’a pas été le cas. La conception, de laquelle nous héritons, qu’un mariage est censé durer « jusqu’à ce que la mo...
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CURRENT MIDDLE AGES (41)? Links sacred marriage [Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 15:00] on Thursdays, Nonfiction offers a current Middle Ages. Today, the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie takes back us to the heart of the indissolubility of marriage in the middle ages...   A few weeks ago, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie announced their divorce. Hollywood - and the whole earth - was astir. Not that divorces are not frequent in the cinema, but this couple had become the symbol of a love that was to be eternal. But why would you want that marriages last forever? For a long time in the middle ages, this was not the case. The design, which we inherit, a wedding is supposed to last "until the mo...»
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Halloween ARTea at Lancaster London

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From as early as the 15th Century in Scotland and Ireland poor people went from house to house 'guising', dressed up in costumes asking for food in ...
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I always believed that Halloween celebrations, carved pumpkins and trick-or-treating were just commercial inventions imported from the USA, however the traditions are much older. Way back, starting in the 6th Century, the Christian All Hallows day was the time for remembering the dead. This led to the tradition of children going from house to house asking for ‘soul cakes’ in return for praying for the souls of the donors. There may also be Celtic origins relating to the end of summer and harvest time. From as early as the 15th Century in Scotland and Ireland poor people went from house to house ‘guising’, dressed up in costumes asking for food in exchange for receiving good luck in the winter ahead. Holes for eyes and mouths were origina...
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