I believe this is the cathedral of St Georg and St Nicholas in Limburg an der Lahn, built between 1215-1235, a lovely late Romanesque with early Gothic influences, hem hem.
Notre-Dame de Chartres (Chartres Cathedral)
Whit Monday, 2012
The so-called “Dalmatic of Charlemagne”.
Eleventh century. Gift of the Patriarch of Constantinople, Isidore of Kiev (1439) to Pope Eugene IV (1431-1447)
The only medieval liturgical vestment kept in the Treasury of St Peter’s is this dalmatic. It is a masterpiece of the art of embroidery practiced in Constantinople during the eleventh century. It is not known how the legend grew that it was worn by Charlemagne for his coronation as Emperor in 800 AD. It is made entirely in embroidery with gold, silver and colored thread on blue silk with scenes from the Byzantine iconography of the ninth and tenth centuries.
So freakin awesome.
Ebbo Gospels: St. Matthew, Carolingian manuscript, c. 830 CE
I remember the first time I saw the Ebbo Gospels, I couldn’t believe they were medieval. They look so modern at first. But medieval people are always full of surprises.
Uncovered, partly restored medieval wall paintings (St Georg Dorfkirche, Obermenzing, Germany)
In principio erat Verbum et Verbum erat apud Deum et Deus.
the OE gloss reads: in
primafryma vaes uord & uord that is godes sunu vaes mid god fader
The Lindisfarne Gospels, one of the most magnificent manuscripts of the early Middle Ages, was written and decorated at the end of the 7th century by the monk Eadfrith, who became Bishop of Lindisfarne in 698 and died in 721. The Latin text of the Gospels is translated word by word in an Old English gloss, the earliest surviving example of the Gospel text in any form of the English language, it was added between the lines in the mid 10th century by Aldred, Provost of Chester-le-Street.
- Reading (On frymðe wæs Word)
A Medieval Christmas
John 1:1-5, 14 in Old English
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. … 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
I found the first three verses transcribed:
“1 On frymðe wæs Word, and þæt Word wæs mid Gode, and God wæs þæt Word. 2 Þæt wæs on fruman mid Gode. 3 Ealle þing wæron geworhte ðurh hyne; and nan þing næs geworht butan him.”
And the rest goes something like: “Þæt wæs lif the on him geworht waes, and that lif wæs manna leoht. and þæt leoht lut(?) on þystrum. and þystro þæt ne genamen(?)” okay I give up I can’t do it by ear.
Count up to 99 on one hand, the medieval way.
By Juan Andres (Valencia, Spain, ca. 1515).