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The Moor’s Last Stand

The Moor’s Last Stand:
How Seven Centuries of Muslim Rule in Spain Came to an End

by Elizabeth Drayson

I wanted to show why his life matters – and the meanings it now has at this time of extreme tension between the west and the Islamic states.

The last Muslim King in Spain


May 22, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

Summer Birds

Summer Birds: The Butterflies of Maria Merian
By Margarita Engle
Illustrated by Julie Paschkis

In the Middle Ages, people believed that insects were evil, born from mud in a process called spontaneous generation. Maria Merian was only a child, but she disagreed. She watched carefully as caterpillars spun themselves cocoons, which opened to reveal summer birds, or butterflies and moths. Maria studied the whole life cycle of the summer birds, and documented what she learned in vibrant paintings.

This is the story of one young girl who took the time to observe and learn, and in so doing disproved a theory that went all the way back to ancient Greece.

Maria Merian’s Butterflies: The Illustrated Story of How a 17th-Century Woman Forever Changed the Course of Science Through Art


May 21, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

The Medieval Calendar

January 31, 2017 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

On the 12 Days of Christmas

My True Love Gave to Me…

Partridges and Pears!

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2 Turtledoves

3 French Hens

4 Colly Birds?

5 Golden Rings

6 Geese Not-So-Much A-Laying

7 Swans-a-Swimming

8 Maids-a-Milking

9 Drummers Drumming

10 Ladies Dancing

11 Pipers Piping

12 Lords-a-Leaping


December 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

IRELAND: Book of Kells


Medieval Art: Book of Kells

The “Leabhar Cheanannais” or “Book of Kells”, 9th Century


September 21, 2016 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

FRANCE: Medieval Music

September 20, 2016 at 8:25 pm Leave a comment

C’était Anne de Bretagne


September 19, 2016 at 3:25 pm Leave a comment

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