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Southern French city of Carpentras to renovate 650-year-old synagogue

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Fleeing persecution in 13th-century France, many Jews sought pontifical protection in Carpentras, which was controlled by the Avignon papacy at this ...
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(JTA) – Authorities in the city of Carpentras in southern France allocated $1.25 million for renovating the ceiling of the country’s oldest synagogue ahead of its 650th anniversary next year. The city intends to defray some of the cost through admission fees to exhibitions that it is preparing to put on next year of items connected to the synagogue, including some of its priceless items of scripture — which predate the invention of the printing press — and a showing of photographs related to the local Jewish community, the news website France Bleu reported. Fleeing persecution in 13th-century France, many Jews sought pontifical protection in Carpentras, which was controlled by the Avignon papacy at the time. They established the synagogu...
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How did a fitting from an Irish horse's harness end up as a brooch for a Norwegian Viking woman?

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Traces of King Øystein's Harbour, which was established for military and defense reasons early in the 12th century, are found just next to Agdenes ...
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When a female Norwegian Viking died some time during the 9th century, she was buried wearing a status symbol: a beautiful piece of bronze jewellery worn on her traditional Norse dress. When a female Norwegian Viking died some time during the 9th century, she was buried wearing a status symbol: a beautiful piece of bronze jewellery worn on her traditional Norse dress. In the summer of 2016, 1200 years after her death, the piece of jewellery was found by chance at Agdenes farm, at the outermost part of the Trondheim Fjord in mid-Norway. The well-preserved object is an ornament with a bird figure that has fish- or dolphin-like patterns on both “wings”. The decorations suggest that the jewellery was made in a Celtic workshop, most likely in ...
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'The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures From the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts' Review: Beauty by ...

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A small, well-worn 11th-century Seljuq Quran fits the hand, while pages from a volume made around 1400 in modern-day Uzbekistan reach almost 6 ...
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Washington Devoid of illustrations, written in a language only one half of 1% of Americans speak at home, and associated with a religion some terrorists invoke when committing mass murder—the Quran is an ambitious, courageous and somewhat fraught choice for the subject of a major museum show. Hats off to the Smithsonian’s Freer-Sackler for tackling it. “The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures From the Museum of Turkish and Islamic...
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"Der Liebe verfallen, dem Wahnsinn zur Beute"

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"Love will expire, the madness of the prey"
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Wer sich mit der Lyrik persischer Dichter zwischen dem 13. und 15. Jahrhundert beschäftigt, stößt unweigerlich auf die Frage, welche Rolle die ...
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Who is engaged in the poetry of Persian poet between the 13th and 15th century, finds what role inevitably to the question...
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Die Auseinandersetzung mit muslimischer Dichtung vom 13. bis 15. Jahrhundert in persischer Sprache setzt nicht nur eine Beschäftigung mit der Alltagswirklichkeit voraus, sondern auch das intensive Studium poetischer Formen. Dick Davis, britischer Poet und Übersetzer, verdeutlicht in seinem Essay "On not translating Hafez" die Schwierigkeit, die sich hinter diesem Vorhaben verbirgt. Nämlich, dass "die Sprache religiöser und mystischer Hingabe" in der diese Lyrik verfasst wurde, nicht selten weit von ihrer wörtlichen Bedeutung entfernt ist. Deshalb, fügt er hinzu, fällt es einem Leser, der nicht aus diesem Traditionskreis kommt, zuweilen schwer, die ursprüngliche Intention der Worte zu verstehen. Erwähnt sei auch, dass bei der Bearbeitung ...
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The Regimen Sanitatus Salernum Was the Middle Ages' Most Famous Health Manual. How Does It ...

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Back in the Middle Ages, breakfast was not exactly a thing, except for the weak, which included old people, kids, and sick people. Salerno doesn't say ...
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Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world’s hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. It can seem sometimes like all diet advice boils down to the same basic ideas. Eat vegetables and healthy proteins, avoid processed snack food, and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. This was not, however, the case in medieval times. The Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum was created, allegedly, by famous doctors for English royalty and disseminated in the form of a poem. It recommends, very specifically, red wine, fresh eggs, figs and grapes. It has little to say about vegetables. In many ways, it’s the antithesis of today’s health fads—it celebrates wheat, emphasizes meat, and involves two significant meals, with no mention of snacking. ...
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ACTUEL MOYEN ÂGE – Noël 1223 : la première crèche

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CURRENT MIDDLE AGES - Christmas 1223: the first crib
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Tous les jeudis, Nonfiction vous propose un Actuel Moyen Âge. Aujourd'hui, la crèche, au cœur des débats sur la laïcité, mais aussi d'une longue ...
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Every Thursday, Nonfiction offers a current Middle Ages. Today, the manger, in the heart of the debate on secularism, but also a long...
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Tous les jeudis, Nonfiction vous propose un Actuel Moyen Âge. Aujourd'hui, la crèche, au cœur des débats sur la laïcité, mais aussi d'une longue histoire de mises en scène et de réinterprétations de la naissance du Christ. Le débat rebondit à chaque hiver : a-t-on le droit d'installer des crèches dans les mairies, ou est-ce contraire à la laïcité ? La question dit à quel point nous sommes mal à l'aise face à un héritage religieux qui continue, qu'on le veuille ou non, à façonner en profondeur nos mentalités ou nos institutions.   L'invention progressive de la crèche   Mais d'où vient la crèche ? Il s'agit en réalité d'une invention médiévale, et, pour être plus précis, d'une invention attribuée à François d'Assise (futur saint). Selon la...
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Stunning medieval ring found in Robin Hood's Sherwood Forest could bag an amateur treasure ...

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Robin Hood was first referred to in the late 14th century and tales throughout the 15th century including such tales as Robin Hood and the Monk, and ...
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Sherwood Forest is best known for the legend of Robin Hood - the outlaw who robbed the rich to give to the poor. Now an amateur treasure hunter may have found his own fortune in the Nottinghamshire woodland.A medieval ring discovered in the dirt and thought to date back to the 14th century, could be worth up to £70,000 ($87,000).Scroll down for video  A medieval ring discovered in the dirt of Sherwood Forest by an amateur treasure hunter and thought to date back to the 14th century, could be worth up to £70,000 ($87,000)The artefact was discovered by Mark Thompson, who makes his living spray-painting fork lift trucks, had been in the famous Nottinghamshire woodland for just 20 minutes when his metal detector sounded.The 34-year-old, who ...
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archéologie metz Metz : des nouvelles du Moyen Âge sur les Hauts de Sainte-Croix

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Archaeology metz Metz: news from the middle ages on the tops of the Holy Cross
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Les archéologues ont mis à jour des éléments datant du XIIIe siècle derrière l'église Sainte-Ségolène. Patrice Pernot explique. 18/12/2016 à 12:59, ...
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Archaeologists have updated items dating from the 13th century behind the Church Sainte-Ségolène. Patrice Pernot says. 18/12/2016 at 12:59...
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Les archéologues ont mis au jour des éléments datant du XIIIe siècle derrière l’église Sainte-Ségolène. Patrice Pernot explique. Invité par Batigère Sarel, l’archéologue Patrice Pernot a présenté, à l’église des Trinitaires, les dernières fouilles de Sainte-Croix. Photo Marc WIRTZ Patrice Pernot est chargé d’études à l’Institut national de recherches archéologiques préventives (Inrap). Cet été, il a dirigé le chantier de fouilles derrière l’église Sainte-Ségolène, à Metz, organisé à l’occasion d’une opération de travaux immobiliers de la société Batigère Sarel. Il faut dire que l’un des murs de l’immeuble Batigère est mitoyen avec l’arrière de l’église Sainte-Ségolène.Pourquoi ce chantier a-t-il été ouvert ?Patrice PERNOT : « Le mur arri...
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How did a fitting from an Irish horse's harness end up as a brooch for a Norwegian Viking woman?

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When a female Norwegian Viking died some time during the 9th century, she was buried wearing a status symbol: a beautiful piece of bronze ...
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When a female Norwegian Viking died some time during the 9th century, she was buried wearing a status symbol: a beautiful piece of bronze jewellery worn on her traditional Norse dress. When a female Norwegian Viking died some time during the 9th century, she was buried wearing a status symbol: a beautiful piece of bronze jewellery worn on her traditional Norse dress. In the summer of 2016, 1200 years after her death, the piece of jewellery was found by chance at Agdenes farm, at the outermost part of the Trondheim Fjord in mid-Norway. The well-preserved object is an ornament with a bird figure that has fish- or dolphin-like patterns on both “wings”. The decorations suggest that the jewellery was made in a Celtic workshop, most likely in ...
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King Edward's I's clean air law

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Until the 12th century people in London had burnt wood for fuel. However, as the city's population grew and the forests shrank, wood became scarce ...
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King Edward I passed legislation banning the burning of sea-coalGetty ImagesEdward I was not a pleasant character as a result of his notoriously terrible temper and violent personality. On a positive note, he might have created the world’s first clean air act.Until the 12th century people in London had burnt wood for fuel. However, as the city’s population grew and the forests shrank, wood became scarce and increasingly expensive. Coal was then used for fuel.Coal was plentiful on the northeast coast of England and the the sea-coal found there was cheap. The problem was that burning this coal gave off little heat but produced clouds of vile, sulphurous smoke; this meant that more coal was burnt, creating even thicker smoke. When the smoke...
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