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Auf den Spuren von Karl IV.

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In the footsteps of Charles IV.
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... darauf herumzureiten, dass die Uni-Tiefgarage im 14. Jahrhundert schon seit einiger Zeit und bis auf weiteres wegen Sanierungsstaus gesperrt war ...
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that dwell, that the University parking garage was locked in the 14th century for some time and until further notice due to renovation jams...
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26.11.2016 Bonn. Es soll ja nicht wenige Bonner geben, die in kulturpessimistischen Schwankungen der Idee verfallen, ohne die Gegenwart wäre diese Stadt ein besserer Ort. Zufällig eignet sich dieser Tag ganz gut dazu, mal wieder das Ohr auf die Schiene der Geschichte zu legen. Es ist – die älteren unter uns werden sich erinnern – gerade 670 Jahre her, da wurde ein gewisser Karl IV. aus Prag im Bonner Münster zum deutschen König gekrönt. Das mag vor Ihrem geistigen Auge jetzt Farbenpracht, Rittertum und Minnesang evozieren. Schön, aber glauben Sie bitte nicht, dass die politische Bühne in Bonn damals eine stressfreie Zone mit Burgfräulein und Lautenspiel gewesen sei. Das Chaos bei der Anreise und die Staus an den Stadtmauern irgendwelchen...
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Met, Punsch und Monschauer Senf

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Mead, punch and Monschau mustard
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Auf Burg Satzvey, einer Wasserburg aus dem 14. Jahrhundert, können Besucher einen mittelalterlichen Markt erleben. Foto: Jürgen Sittig. Von Liane ...
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Burg Satzvey, a moated castle from the 14th century, visitors can experience a medieval market. Photo: Jürgen Sampson. By Liane...
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Auf Burg Satzvey, einer Wasserburg aus dem 14. Jahrhundert, können Besucher einen mittelalterlichen Markt erleben. Foto: Jürgen SittigVon Liane Rapp Jingle Bells und blinkende Lichter findet man in der Adventszeit praktisch in ganz Deutschland. Wer aber eintauchen möchte in die gemütliche Atmosphäre eines authentischen Weihnachtsmarktes, muss meist raus aus den Metropolen. Eine Reise an den Niederrhein mit einem Schlenker über die Eifel ist sehr lohnenswert, um sich aufs Fest der Feste einzustimmen. Der Monschauer Weihnachtsmarkt Rund um den romantischen Marktplatz des kleinen Eifelstädtchens Monschau im Naturpark Hohes Venn-Eifel fühlt man sich im Schatten der rund 800 Jahre alten Fachwerkhäuschen in eine andere Zeit versetzt. Inmitten ...
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Ausstellung über Schrift in St. Gallen

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Exhibition about font in St. Gallen
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Die merowingische Schrift - eine Art "Schnüerlischrift" aus dem 8. Jahrhundert - ist für heutige Augen kaum lesbar. Anders etwa die Alemannische ...
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The Merovingian script - a kind of "Schnüerlischrift" from the 8th century - is hardly readable for today's eyes. Unlike, say, the Alemannic...
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Drei einzelne Bl?ter, eines zerrissen: Sie stammen aus dem 4./5. Jahrhundert, sind also geschrieben worden, lange bevor das Kloster St. Gallen gegr?det wurde. Es seien die ?testen Exponate der Stiftsbibliothek, sagte Franziska Schnoor, die zusammen mit Philipp Lenz die Ausstellung gestaltet hat, am Freitag vor den Medien. Die erste der drei Handschriften wirkt viereckig und steif. Wortabst?de gibt es keine, ebenso wenig wie Gross- und Kleinschreibung. Diese erscheint aber bereits auf dem dritten Beispiel, einer Seite aus der lateinischen Bibel?ersetzung Vulgata - die ?teste Kleinbuchstabenschrift, so Schnoor. Die drei Handschriften machen den Anfang des chronologischen Rundgangs. Die Beispiele f? die Schriftentwicklung sind in sieben Vit...
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„Schatztruhe der Landesgeschichte“

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"Treasure chest of the country's history"
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In diesem Archiv werden Dokumente, Landkarten, Briefe, Akten, Bücher und vieles mehr aus dem 8. Jahrhundert bis in die heutige Zeit gesammelt.
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This archive collected documents, maps, letters, files, books, and more from the 8th century to the present day.
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Staatsarchiv. Du denkst, das klingt langweilig? Dann warst du noch nie dort. Unsere Seminarkursgruppe, die das Oberthema „Landesgeschichte(n) aus Baden und Württemberg gewählt hatte, konnte sich vom Gegenteil überzeugen. Unser Seminarkurslehrer, Steffen Straube-Kögler, hatte den Besuch über den dort arbeitenden Archivar Dr. Wolfgang Mährle organisiert, der sich für unsere kleine Gruppe über eine Stunde Zeit nahm.Er führte uns durch die unterirdischen Katakomben, die an der Konrad-Adenauer-Straße in Stuttgart-Mitte zwischen Wilhelmspalais und Württembergischer Landesbibliothek liegen. In diesem Archiv werden Dokumente, Landkarten, Briefe, Akten, Bücher und vieles mehr aus dem 8. Jahrhundert bis in die heutige Zeit gesammelt. Das Archiv in...
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The Art of the Qur'an on show at US exhibition

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By the 9th century, one learns here, a more regular, angular script, known as Kufic, replaced the Hijazi style of writing and set a new standard for ...
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“The Art of the Qur’an,” The Smithsonian’s Sackler/Freer Galleries’ new exhibition, serves as a timely reminder of the beauty and history of the Qur’an. This is the first major exhibition of Qur’an manuscripts ever held in the US. On display are more than 60 examples of some of the Muslim world’s most notable Qur’an manuscripts, and some of the earliest Qur’ans. There are Qur’ans smaller than a cellphone, while others are larger than carpets. Spanning almost 1,000 years of history, the documents originate from locations ranging from Damascus to 17th century Istanbul. Manuscripts displayed here date from the Abbasid period in the late 7th century through to the late 17th century under Ottoman and Safavid rulers. This meticulously organize...
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Tower power in Tuscany

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In the 14th century, San Gimignano, like other hill towns, fell under Florence's control. The Florentines usually asserted their power over the local ...
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San Gimignano is the epitome of a Tuscan hill town. About 25 miles from Florence and Siena, it's the region's glamour girl -- visually striking and perfectly preserved -- getting all the fawning attention from passing tour buses. But despite its tourist-trap feel, it's still worth slotting into your Italian itinerary -- especially if you can sidestep the hordes that descend during the day.San Gimignano is beloved because of its skyline of medieval towers. Though a unique sight today, pointy skylines were the norm in Tuscany in the Middle Ages, when feuding noble families ran the hill towns (think Montagues and Capulets). Each family had its own private army that would periodically battle things out from the protection of its respective f...
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William the Conqueror: hero or villain?

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Was the Norman invader a great leader who ushered in a new civilised era for England – or a greedy brute who terrorised the Anglo-Saxons?
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Put at its crudest, William the Conqueror was, both literally and figuratively, ‘William the Bastard’. His modern heroic reputation results from the deliberate distortions of evidence by his contemporaries. Conquerors who control the historical record are generally feted as heroes. Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, to some extent Napoleon – all commissioned memorials to prolong their fame. Those who lose such control are dismissed as megalomaniacs: Attila, Hitler, Stalin. William the Conqueror is generally placed in the first of these categories. Were it not for his iron grip over the writing of history, he might easily have been consigned to the second.   What we know of William comes to us from his admirers rather than his critics. Fr...
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The historic mosques of China

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For example, a ninth-century Buddhist temple, a 13th-century Daoist temple, a 15th-century mosque, a 16th-century funerary hall, a 17th-century ...
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Far more intriguing to us were the less-well-known, off-the-beaten-track historic mosques of central and northern China that adopted, adapted and built upon traditional Chinese building designs to meet Islamic needs.  Soon after we met in Beijing, a driver whisked us off for the western Hebei province, northwest of Beijing. Along the three-hour trip, we caught a passing glimpse of the Great Wall before stopping in the city of Zhangjiakou (jang-jea-koo) to visit the Xuanhua (shwen-hwua) North Mosque. There, outside a nearby bookshop, a casual greeting of “as salamu alaykum”-“Peace be with you” in Arabic-was understood with a smile, and it led to an invitation inside: The place was filled with Qur’ans, books and calligraphic inscriptions, ...
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Arabic Translators Did Far More than Just Preserve Greek Philosophy

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These letters explained the importance and power of Greek ideas, and how these ideas could speak to the concerns of ninth-century Islam. In effect ...
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In 10th-century Baghdad, readers of Arabic had about the same degree of access to Aristotle that readers of English do today. Ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle were highly respected in the medieval Islamic world. Credit: Wikimedia Commons In European antiquity, philosophers largely wrote in Greek. Even after the Roman conquest of the Mediterranean and the demise of paganism, philosophy was strongly associated with Hellenic culture. The leading thinkers of the Roman world, such as Cicero and Seneca, were steeped in Greek literature; Cicero even went to Athens to pay homage to the home of his philosophical heroes. Tellingly, the emperor Marcus Aurelius went so far as to write his Meditations in Greek. Cicero, and later...
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Globetrotting Vikings: To the Gates of Paris

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... shores, and among the repeated targets of Viking raiders in the ninth century was a market town clinging to a small island in the Seine—Paris.
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If you love Paris, thank the Vikings. Centuries before tourists thronged to the City of Lights, the globetrotting Vikings also traveled to Paris—although there was nothing romantic about their visits. A new book about the Vikings’ wide-ranging journeys details how their raids on Paris transformed a small market town into the eventual capital of France. On a late November day in A.D. 885, a bishop clutched a crucifix in his hand as he looked out from his perch atop the Ile de la Cite. After surveying the foreigners gathering far below on the banks of the River Seine, he planted his cross in the ramparts and picked up a bow and an axe. The shedding of blood may have violated his priestly vows, but these were no ordinary times. The Vikings ...
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