Want To Share Your Writing? Join Our Writing Team! The History Table & Other Updates! — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY (Reblog)

The Chronicles of History is looking to develop a writing team for the blog and I am looking for guest posters if any history writers are interested in having their work published and shared on our site! The blog mainly covers U.S History, Medieval History, Royal History, and both World Wars. We also share book […]

Want To Share Your Writing? Join Our Writing Team! The History Table & Other Updates! — THE CHRONICLES OF HISTORY

Haiku: Miracles

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

*Travelling is not so easy now, but we can dream…

Should Readers Sympathize with Dante’s Famous Lovers, Francesca and Paolo? — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

WHAT IS CLASSIC REMARKS? Classic Remarks is a meme hosted here at Pages Unbound that poses questions each Friday about classic literature and asks participants to engage in ongoing discussions surrounding not only themes in the novels but also questions about canon formation, the “timelessness” of literature, and modes of interpretation. HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE? Leave […]

Should Readers Sympathize with Dante’s Famous Lovers, Francesca and Paolo? — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies and Joseph Gies — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

Information Goodreads: Marriage and the Family in the Middle AgesSeries: NoneSource: PurchasedPublished: 1989 Official Summary Throughout history, the significance of the family—the basic social unit—has been vital. In Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages, acclaimed historians Frances and Joseph Gies trace the development of marriage and the family from the medieval era to early […]

Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies and Joseph Gies — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

Poem ‘Girl with a Cello’

Girl with a Cello

In a diamond city night we’re
taxied through floodlit streets

angled snow alabasters old facades
medieval histories beyond all guessing

Flanders is frozen outside this misted glass
the two of us sitting nose to nose

our tongues loosening aperitif smiles
white burgundy cutting through brie

making heads light and cheeks flush
and toe touch toe

Our eyes meet when bare soul strokes calf
kissing slim fingers one by one

plied each day to taut cello strings
sneak previews to plots and suites of night

© copyright francis barker 2012

Medieval Lore: The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries — Under the influence! (Reblog)

The rare and elusive, mythical, magical unicorn has been part of folklore and legend for centuries, evolving spectacularly into the modern age.

Medieval Lore: The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries — Under the influence!

*** Wonderful information here. The unicorn imagery is fascinating.

Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens – and Birds!

I took this the other day.

Probably Spalding‘s ‘hidden’ gem, Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens is a medieval gem, well maintained, with a fascinating south Lincolnshire regional museum.

Formerly also a private junior school, now located elsewhere in the town under the same name, the gardens are noted for their topiary, the rather notable Edwin Lutyens world war 1 memorial and a very nice aviary with many interesting species finches and other birds. Lutyens was one of the most famous and capable British architects of the 2oth century.

Although the town has been deeply affected by the crises of this year, it is still well worth a visit if you live nearby or are on holiday in the area.

And by the way, the locals pronounce it ‘Asscoffee’!

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Photograph: King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England

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The historic heart of the town preserves some quite old buildings. Photo by Francis Barker 2020

Photograph: Inside Saint Margaret’s Minster, King’s Lynn, England

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Interesting old chest in Saint Margaret’s Minster, the former Benedictine priory church.

Photograph: Saint Margaret’s Minster, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England

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Photograph by Francis Barker 2020

Photograph: King’s Lynn Minster, Norfolk, England

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Former priory church, now a Minster. Saint Margaret’s, King’s Lynn. Photograph by Francis Barker