Topic: Middle Ages
It was very common in medieval cathedrals to have what is called a triptych. A triptych is a trifold painting. It has three panels: a rather large panel in the center and two panels on the sides that fold in so that the triptych can be closed. And artists
The medieval era was the era of epic poems. The English have Beowulf and the Spanish have The Poem of the Cid. In France, there is The Song of Roland. This poem has all the elements of a great story. It's got betrayal—Roland, the main character, is betrayed by his stepfather, Ganelon. It has plenty
What was trending in the twelfth century? If you were alive during the 1100s, it would have been very hard to miss it. It was not the church's brightest hour—it is the Crusades. The First Crusade was launched just before the beginning of the twelfth century. It occurred from 1096 to 1099. Pope Urban II issued
We're going to start a new series that we will be returning to from time to time. The series is called "Trending." But rather than looking at what's trending in the next hour or even in the next five minutes, as our culture may have it, let's talk about what was trending for a century.