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    The Advenures of Beowulf   The Advenures of Beowulf
Beowulf, written in Old English sometime before the tenth century A.D., describes the adventures of a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century. A rich fabric of fact and fancy, Beowulf is the oldest surviving epic in British literature. Beowu...
 
    St Paul's Cathedral, London   St Paul's Cathedral, London
A Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has overlooked the City of London since 604AD, a constant reminder to this great commercial centre of the importance of the spiritual side of life. The current Cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was desi...
 
    An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith   An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith
An-Nawawi's Forty Hadith: An Anthology of the Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. This collection of forty hadith by one of the most famous compilers of hadith is generally regarded as the most popular anthology and the best introduction to the study of...
 
    Angkor, Seat of the Khmer Empire   Angkor, Seat of the Khmer Empire
Angkor is a name conventionally applied to the region of Cambodia serving as the seat of the Khmer empire that flourished from approximately the ninth century to the fifteenth century A.D. More precisely, the Angkorian period may be defined as the pe...
 
    Historia Brittonum, Nennius   Historia Brittonum, Nennius
The Historia Brittonum, or The History of the Britons, is a historical work that was first composed around 830, and exists in several recensions of varying difference. It purports to relate the history of the Brittonic inhabitants of Britain from ear...
 
 
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  Al-Farabi, Muslim Philosopher   Al-Farabi, Muslim Philosopher
Al-Farabi, Farabi, and Abunaser was a Muslim philosopher and scientist and one of the greatest scientists and philosophers of his time. Some historians claim Farabi was born in the small village of Wasij near Farab (in what is today Otrar, Kazakhs...
 
    Sylvester II, 1st French Pope   Sylvester II, 1st French Pope
Pope Sylvester II, born Gerbert d'Aurillac, was a prolific scholar, teacher, and Pope. He endorsed and promoted study of Arab/Greco-Roman arithmetic, mathematics, and astronomy, reintroducing to Europe the abacus and armillary sphere, which had been...
 
    Guido d'Arezzo, Iventor Musical Notation   Guido d'Arezzo, Iventor Musical Notation
Guido d'Arezzo, a monk of the Order of St. Benedict, b. near Paris c. 995; d. at Avellano, near Arezzo, 1050. He invented the system of staff-notation still in use, and rendered various other services to the progress of musical art and science. H...
 
    Anna Komnene, Wrote the Alexiad   Anna Komnene, Wrote the Alexiad
Anna Komnene, Latinized as Comnena, was a Greek princess, scholar, physician, hospital administrator, and the daughter of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos of Byzantium and Irene Doukaina. She wrote the Alexiad, an account of her father’s reign, which is un...
 
    The Domesday Book, Land Survey   The Domesday Book, Land Survey
The Domesday Book is a great land survey from 1086, commissioned by William the Conqueror to assess the extent of the land and resources being owned in England at the time, and the extent of the taxes he could raise. The information collected was rec...
 
    Rumi, Sufi Mystic   Rumi, Sufi Mystic
Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi was a great Persian poet and Sufi mystic. His Masnavi-ye Manavi is a 6-volume poem regarded by many Sufis as second in importance only to the Qur'an; it is often called "Qur'an-e Parsi" (The Qur'an in Persian). Rumi's influ...
 
    Alfonso X of Castile, El Sabio, The Wise   Alfonso X of Castile, El Sabio, The Wise
Alfonso X, called the Wise (Spanish: el Sabio), was the King of Castile, León and Galicia from 30 May 1252 until his death. During the Imperial election of 1257, a dissident faction chose him to be King of the Romans (Latin: Rex Romanorum; German: Rö...
 
    Parzival, Medieval German Epic Poem   Parzival, Medieval German Epic Poem
Parzival is a major medieval German epic poem attributed to the poet Wolfram von Eschenbach, written in the Middle High German language. The poem is commonly dated circa the first quarter of the 13th century. The poem is, in part, an adaptation of Ch...
 
    Jacob van Maerlant, Poet   Jacob van Maerlant, Poet
Jacob van Maerlant (or Merlant) is known as the greatest Flemish poet of the Middle Ages. He was born about 1235 and died sometime after 1291. Of his life little is known. In his first work, Merlijns Boeck, the author calls himself "Jacob de coster v...
 
    Stabat Mater, Medieval Hymn   Stabat Mater, Medieval Hymn
Stabat Mater is a 13th century Roman Catholic sequence attributed to Jacopone da Todi. Its title is an abbreviation of the first line, Stabat mater dolorosa ("The sorrowful mother was standing"). The hymn, one of the most powerful and immediate of ex...
 
       
         



 
 
         
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