A Saxon king who was hailed for centuries as a national hero was the Northumbrian King Oswald.
Oswald became king of Northumbria in 634, once again reuniting the two kingdoms of Bernicia & Deira under one ruler. The historian Bede, who I have spoken of before, writes Oswald as a saintly, honourable king, a hero in Bedes eyes & a king that during his reign became the most powerful Saxon king in Britain.
Oswald was believed to have been born in 604 & was son of Æthelfrith, the Bernician King who took the crown of Deira & was killed by Raedwald, King of East Anglia at the Battle of the River Idle. After his fathers death Oswald was forced into exile, spending his youth in the Scottish Kingdom of Dal Riata which is where he was converted from Paganism to Christianity.
His faith became an integral part of the story of his accession to kingship. It was at the Battle of Heavenfield where Oswald, at the head of a small army with possible assistance from Pictish allies in the north, defeated enemy forces in order to gain back his father’s crown, but it was the story of what happened before the battle thats strongly linked with his victory. It was said by Oswald that the night before the battle, he was visited by Saint Columba in a vision, Columba told Oswald of his impending victory & foretold that he would have a happy reign, Oswald told his council of his vision & all swore to be baptised & convert to Christianity after the battle.
Oswalds reign lasted only eight years but was indeed a happy one, it was said Oswald was a man of prayer, Bede tells us that he prayed so often that when he sat his hands naturally rested in the upturned gesture of prayer. Oswald was also a compassionate leader, he gave food & treasure to the sick & needy that came to beg for mercy & as a faithful Christian was generous to the church. When a monk called Aidan was sent to Oswald’s Court from the monastery at Iona, Oswald gifted him his choice of land on which to build a monastery, Aidan chose the island of Lindisfarne, which was close enough to Oswalds home at Bamburgh so that they could continue to work together on the conversion of the Pagans.
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Printing Psalm 23 the old way.
The source of my joy is you, has been you all along and will be you always. #thankyougod 🌸
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 🙏
Het vak Inleiding Historisch Overzicht doorloopt de hele geschiedenis in 14 hoorcolleges.
Woensdag heb ik in college 4 de Vroege Middeleeuwen behandeld.
Voor de fanatici onder jullie een paar vragen rond dit tijdvak.
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Castle Combe South West England
The Parish church of St. Andrew is a grade 1 listed building. The church is mostly of 15th Century construction with part of the chancel dating from the 13th Century. It also contains a working 15th Century faceless clock.
I was already really pleased with the look of the bra dress. But I’m also really happy with the fit of the shirt that I’m making to wear on top of it. It’s just the basic medieval geometric shirt pattern but just fits beautifully. I’m so happy to see that you can get this shape and fit with just rectangles and triangles. Not tailored doesn’t have to mean bag-like. JEEJ!
In my opinion, one of the most beautiful and iconic buildings of Leuven is the University Library; a majestic building, holding thousands upon thousands of books and manuscripts in its depots.
The University of Leuven only established a central library in 1636 - more than 200 years after its foundation. Then, the library was housed in the ancient cloth hall, a medieval building - still standing - which at that point had already been used by the university as an auditorium for quite some time.
The cloth hall, however, was bombed by Germany in 1914, which meant the destruction of most of its collection of books. This caused an international outrage, which may have even played a part in US involvement in the war. Many foreign universities, mostly from the US, donated to Leuven, to help with the construction of a new library - namely, the one we see today.
The building bears witness to its American patronage with several inscriptions in the wall displaying the names of the specific universities and colleges which helped with its creation. The architect was American as well: a chap called Whitney Warren (whom, I must admit, I don't know anything about). He designed an elegant, neo-renaissance building, with a peculiar feature: its 87 m high tower, which bears close resemblance to the Giralda of Sevilla - although, as my father noticed, it seems even closer to the bell tower of Santo Domingo de la Calzada.
Why the architect chose to import this Spanish design to Leuven, I have no idea; but in any case, the tower has become one of the city's most recognizable landmarks - so I'd say he was succesful.
Taulell de Marro de nou o Alquerc de nou en el claustre de la basílica dels Santi Quattro Coronati (Roma) / Nine men's Morris board in the cloister of the Basilica of the Santi Quattro Coronati (Rome).
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На минувших выходных ездили на Кировскую землю поучаствовать в Фестивале "Хлыновская застава". Сгоняли потусить, пострелять и погреться на солнышке. ☀
Это был практически самый тёплый фестиваль за всё лето. И самый ленивый наверное - не пришлось ни вести мастер-класс, ни ставить лагерь, ни готовить... Рай на земле! 😆
This is an Anglo-Saxon burh, a fortified settlement. The trading hubs and sometimes centers of record keeping and money minting. Their establishment was spurred by Viking invasions in the 9th century and by the 12th century 5 - 10% of England’s population lived in these protected establishments.
From Wikipedia: Some were new constructions; others were situated at the site of Iron Age hillforts or Roman forts and employed materials from the original fortifications. As at Lundenburh (medieval London), many were also situated on rivers: this facilitated internal lines of supply while aiming to restrict access to the interior of the kingdom for attackers in shallow-draught vessels such as longships.
Giecz to polska wieś położona w województwie wielkopolskim, będący jednym z najstarszych i najważniejszych ośrodków grodowych. Został wzniesiony ok. 865 r. i jest związany z początkami państwa polskiego. Według niektórych badaczy jest uważany za prawdopodobną siedzibę rodową pierwszych Piastów. We fragmencie opisującym polskie siły bojowe Bolesława Chrobrego o miejscowości jako Gdech (Gdecz) wspomina kronikarz Gall Anonim w swojej “Kronice polskiej” spisanej w latach 1112–1116. Na zdjęciu: rekonstrukcja zabudowań mieszkalnych w Gieczu.
heut hab ich einen kleinen ausflug (40 minuten mit der bahn von ansbach) nach rothenburg ob der tauber gemacht und mich ein bisschen verliebt in die süße mittelalterliche stadt 🧚 und nein, es ist nicht das kannibalen-rothenburg 🍖
Temple Church London
In 1608, the Crown made a deal with the lawyers that they could use the Temple area on condition that they maintained the church, and the master of the Temple. The Temple area survived the Great Fire of London. The church today is still financed by the Middle and Inner Temples, the two sets of barristers.
6th edition Lords of Bretonnia! Theoderic de Brionne and Bohemond the Beastslayer! Final my finished these great guy, some of the stars of the citadel catalogue, it's a shame they didn't do more Lords like this!
This is the mummy of a member of the Brotherhood of the Good Death. The mummies were prepared by a specialist with the use of quicklime. After the trial, the body was covered by relatives with the appropriate black tunic and transferred to the dedicated crypt.
Perhaps one of the most mysterious and least known sides of Italian history.