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Bayeux Tapestry May Be Too Damaged To Travel To UK

There was quite some excitement in January of 2018 when President Emmanuel Macron announced that the 950-year-old, 2,300-foot-long needlework depicting the Norman Conquest would be lent to Great Britain in 2023, when its home museum would be closed for renovation. But a report following examination of the Tapestry finds that (as curators warned when the loan was announced) the artwork is in worse condition than anticipated and should probably not be moved except for conservation. – Museums Jour...
Tags: Art, UK, Great Britain, Visual, Emmanuel Macron, Norman Conquest, 04.06.21

The Norman Conquest didn’t change ordinary people’s lives very much (ars technica)

(credit: By unknown seamsters, Public Domain, When William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings, he became King of England in 1066. This changed the political landscape of Europe and the course of world history. For the English aristocracy and religious leaders, the world turned upside down as William replaced them with his handpicked Normans. But what was it like for ordinary people in England? A recent study suggests that, for the...
Tags: Europe, England, News, William, Norman Conquest, Kiona N Smith

Norman Conquest of 1066 did little to change people's eating habits

Archaeologists from Cardiff University and the University of Sheffield have combined the latest scientific methods to offer new insights into life during the Norman Conquest of England.Until now, the story of the Conquest has primarily been told from evidence of the elite classes of the time. But little has been known about how it affected everyday people's lives.
Tags: England, Science, Cardiff University, University Of Sheffield, Conquest, Norman Conquest

How to visit the D-Day beaches

To this day , the shrapnel remains sprinkled in the sand, a hard-hitting reminder of the bravery of thousands of soldiers who lost their lives in battle. For the D-Day beaches are no mere pleasure spots by the sea, but meaningful memorial locations, celebrating the moments in World War II when Western Europe was led to freedom. One of the most important historical events commemorating the relationship between France and the USA is that of the D-Day Landings. Here, along with British and Canadi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Utah, Usa, UK, England, France, Germany, Disney, US, David, Britain, Normandy, Paris, Winston Churchill, Omaha

Nosowitz on Scots.

Dan Nosowitz of Atlas Obscura has been frequently featured at LH, and so has the Scots language, but now I have a chance to offer you Nosowitz’s How the English Failed to Stamp Out the Scots Language, a nice little introduction to the subject: Scots arrived in what is now Scotland sometime around the sixth century. Before then, Scotland wasn’t called Scotland, and wasn’t unified in any real way, least of all linguistically. It was less a kingdom than an area encompassing several different kingdo...
Tags: Europe, England, Scotland, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Norman, Atlas Obscura, Roman Empire, Scots, Scotland Scotland, Dan Nosowitz, Nosowitz, Normans, Norman Conquest, Norman French, Scots Records

History’s Heroic Failures

I like to keep you up to date when I read a book I think is worth your time. I’m now reading Marc Morris’s The Norman Conquest, which is very good. I recommend it. At the simplest level it’s just a good read on a subject of immense historical importance and one with sufficient drama to allow a good writer to keep the reader engaged. But what I really like about it is how Morris approaches a comparatively ancient period with the uncertainty of our knowledge not simply addressed or hinted at but m...
Tags: England, London, News, Congress, France, Iraq, Russia, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Turkey, Syria, Rome, West, United States, Egypt

Baffling British place names: how many can you pronounce correctly?

We’re making our way through the beginning of the year: while all of us at Web-Translations have been enjoying what 2019 has to offer so far, you still cannot hide from the fact that in the UK currently the weather is cold and blustery and the nights, while getting longer, are still rather short. Additionally, for some all this may be accompanied by the odd pang of uncertainty whenever the B-word gets brought up on the news (three guesses which word that is). Which is why I believe that there ...
Tags: UK, Bbc, Britain, Linguistics, Harry Potter, Harry, Norfolk, William, Norwich, Leicestershire, Northumberland, South East, North East, Isles, Ron, Bailey

Twenty-five years of the medieval area with the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography: A Q & A with Dr. Henry Summerson

It is twenty-five years since work started on what became the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Dr Henry Summerson was a research editor for the medieval area (pre-1500) from 1993, and in charge of the medieval era Dictionary  between 2004 and his retirement at the end of September. Here he answers questions about the past achievements and future prospects of the Dictionary’s coverage of Britain’s early history.Question: What did the medieval area look like in 1993?Answer: It was solid, q...
Tags: Books, England, Featured, France, Scotland, History, Britain, House Of Commons, Biography, Wikimedia, Medieval, Southwark, Dictionary, Oxford Dictionary, Roman Britain, Barbara

Animal of the month: 8 facts about rabbits

Popular as pets, considered lucky by some, and widely recognised as agricultural nuisances, rabbits are commonplace all over the world. Their cute, fluffy exterior hides the more ingenious characteristics of this burrowing herbivore, including specially-adapted hind legs, extra incisors, and prolific breeding capabilities. Whilst rabbits thrive in most areas, certain species face the common struggle of their specialist habitats being destroyed, and myxomatosis has devastated rabbit populations i...
Tags: Europe, Books, Japan, Featured, Australia, Britain, New Zealand, Evolution, Rabbits, Greenland, French, Hare, Death Valley, Rabbit, Middle Ages, Wikimedia Commons

Hear Beowulf & Sir Gawain and the Green Knight read in the original Old and Middle English

In this short video, MIT literature professor Arthur Bahr reads brief selections from Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in their original languages, respectively Old English and Middle English. You’ll notice that they sound almost completely like foreign languages. From Open Culture: After the Viking and Norman invasions, Old English became “the third language in its own country,” notes Luke Mastin at his History of English site. More spoken than written, it “effectively sank to t...
Tags: England, Mit, Shakespeare, Norman, Beowulf, Jason Kottke, Gawain, Norman Conquest, Arthur Bahr, Luke Mastin

Hear Beowulf and Gawain and the Green Knight Read in Their Original Old and Middle English by an MIT Medievalist

Many a mocking critique floats around pointing out that some people who tell their multilingual neighbors to “speak English” seem to have a lot of trouble with the language themselves. I must confess, I find the observation more sad than funny. I’ve met many English speakers who struggle with understanding the peculiarities of the language and do not know its history. Increasingly, such things are not taught to those who don’t devote themselves to language study. When people do learn how...
Tags: Google, England, College, Mit, Britain, Literature, Norman, Tolkien, Beowulf, English Language, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Rohan, Gardena, Bahr, Durham NC Follow

The Feast Day of Wulfstan of Worcester

Psalm 146:4-9 Genesis 26:26-31 1 Corinthians 4:1-5 John 15:5-8,14-16   In our Gospel reading for the feast of Wulfstan of Worcester today, Jesus says that he is the vine and his disciples are the branches.  One might say that Wulfstan was a branch that was pretty difficult to prune back.   Although we are not entirely sure of the date of his birth, some sources state he was born around 1008 and named after his maternal uncle, who served as Bishop of Worcester, and later, Bishop of Yor...
Tags: Religion, Missouri, Jesus, Bristol, William, Worcester, Bishop, Corinthians, Anglo Saxon, Speaking to the Soul, Wulfstan, Norman Conquest, Kirksville MO, Community of St Brigid, Bishop's Visitation, Bishop of York Piety

Bayeux Tapestry: The story in six scenes

A battle over the throne is the climax of the story of the Norman Conquest of England.
Tags: UK, News, Norman Conquest

After 950 Years, the Bayeux Tapestry Is Set to Be Displayed in Britain

The 11-century treasure, which depicts the Norman Conquest of Britain, has been moved very few times in its history.
Tags: Art, News, France, Britain, Museums, Textiles, Great Britain, Macron, Bayeux Tapestry, Norman Conquest, Emmanuel (1977-, Bayeux (France

Watch the Bayeux Tapestry Come to Life in a Short Animated Film

With the news this morning that the Bayeux Tapestry will make its first visit to England, we're bringing back a wonderful little animation of the medieval embroidery that offers a pictorial interpretation of the Norman Conquest of England (1066) and the events leading up to it. Forever housed in France, the tapestry measures 20 inches by 230 feet, and you can now see an animated version of the story it narrates. The clip above starts roughly halfway through the historical narrative, with...
Tags: Google, Art, England, College, France, History, Facebook Twitter, Halley, Hieronymus Bosch, Facebook and Twitter, Bayeux Tapestry, David Newton, Norman Conquest, Bayeux Tapestry Come to Life, Goldsmiths College You

Casting light on the dark ages: Anglo-Saxon fenland is re-imagined

The East Anglian fens with their flat expanses and wide skies, a tract of some of the UK’s richest farmland, are invariably described as bleak – or worse. Turn the clock back 1,000 years to a time when the silt and peat wetlands were largely undrained, and it’s easy to imagine a place that defied rather than welcomed human occupation. Historians have long argued that during the ‘dark’ ages (the period between the withdrawal of Roman administration in around 400 AD and the Norman Conquest ...
Tags: Europe, UK, England, Britain, North Sea, Creative Commons Attribution, Anglo Saxon, North West Europe, Fenland, Oosthuizen, River Ouse, Wisbech, Cottenham, Chatteris, Norman Conquest, Susan Oosthuizen

The Travelling Supremes

The law may be principled, but it is ultimately pragmatic. Laws seek to address societal problems (the mischief rule), but also make sense (the golden rule). In fact, I’d argue that it has always been this way. The presence of the principles of equity in the common law, infused with the coming of the Judicature Acts  of the 19th c., sought to reconcile the literalism of rule-based decisions and the goal of fairness that previously existed in two independent court systems. We can go back even fur...
Tags: Hong Kong, Supreme Court, Law, France, Germany, Israel, Court, Canada, United States, Parliament, Norman, Sicily, Ontario, Supremes, Burns, Anglo Saxon