Topic: Middle Ages


Joan of Arc

April 19, 2017
With some figures in church history, you know exactly where they stand. You could put a white hat on them—they’re the good guys. With other figures in church history, you again know exactly where they stand: on the other side. You could put a black hat on them—they’re the

Cruce, Libro, et Atro

April 12, 2017
If there were bumper stickers in the Middle Ages, the phrase Cruce, libro, et atro may well have been a popular one. In many ways, it was the motto of monasticism. Monasticism is an institution with a long history in the church. There were early monks in the 200s known

The Ghent Altarpiece

March 22, 2017
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 Song of Roland

December 7, 2016
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
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