Constantine and Charlemagne

Constantine and Charlemagne

As the knowledge of one God was imparted to all men, a single sovereign arose for the entire Roman empire and a deep peace took hold of all Eusebius Life of Constantine The shadow of both the emperors Constantine and Charlemagne loomed large over the pilgrimage to...
Charlemagne and Alfonso: Historia and History

Charlemagne and Alfonso: Historia and History

  Alfonso VI was the most successful of all medieval Christian rulers of Spain, uniting the the kingdoms of northern Iberia into a self-styled empire in the eleventh century. The parallels betweens Alfonso’s real-life military campaigns and those of...
Saint Etienne de Tauriac

Saint Etienne de Tauriac

  Video: West Facade Saint Etienne Tauriac An Artsymbol Production Music by Martin A Smith Duration 3:44 The church of Saint Etienne de Tauriac is situated a short distance from the Tours Road. It lies near the right bank of the Dordogne River midway between the...
The gifts of nature have not entirely rotted away

The gifts of nature have not entirely rotted away

The medieval historian Guibert de Nogent encapsulated the notion of history as a process of decay. To understand the mindset of the medieval pilgrim one should take account of the eschatological world view which was universally accepted at the time. In the twelfth...