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Medieval Music in Britain

Medieval Music in Britain

Medieval Music in Britain

Medieval Music in Britain, not an everyday subject and not easy to find good sources on for those of us working outside the closed doors of those ivory towers, but what a find this is. Just a quick blog post to share this excellent resource. Working across our ArtsDesign Media and Music Timeline, its going to be a very handy reference I suspect. Published in 1959, its almost impossible to know whats out there without a ‘crystal ball.’ This is definitely my find of the week, possibly the month and it is only 1st April, hmmn April fools day I know but hopefully his text is not going to trip us up.

Download link for Medieval History in Britain

We will update this post with a pointer  on the gems inside but you can also flick on the embedded object straight to the Contents table. If you are interested in the wonders of Sacred Music, Polyphony and the wonders that led to the masterpieces of William Byrd and Thomas Tallis, you could do worse than take a pitstop and browse right here. Delightful start to the day for me.

From the internet archive you can download in a variety of formats, you can store the citations of the book using Zotero or similar, to add the references to your own citations library and research index. There is one more easy to use treat, go to the World Catalog and you can send the full book to your Kindle, other ebook formats supported, on both sites.

Sadly most of the British Educational institutions do not share the open and sharing ethos of the American institutions and are hidden behind virtual ivory walls including some collections funded by the nation. Right that is my gripe for the day over with but I can at least about polyphony post Norman Conquest in the spring sunshine, with no glare on my Kindle.

However obscure your interests or oblique your take is on a subject if you are looking for older sources and open access, it ia always worth a search on the Internet Archive and Gutenberg projects. What examples they are to us all. We have started chronologically indexing resources we find to share more widely. You will find the start of this sub-project on Intriguing History right here. Its an easy and fast to search table with a brief note on each resource and links either directly to the resource or with a short post and a few pointers on what we have found out about the resource and its relevance to our particular projects, historic themes periods, places and centuries.

Europes Oldest University

Europes Oldest University

The Medieval universities and the cities in which they sit continue to inspire and engage us. Bologna Italy, lays claim to founding Europe’s oldest university in 1088, how far reaching was this seat of learning?

Salvador Dali and Edward James collaborated on two artworks together in West Sussex?

Salvador Dali and Edward James collaborated on two artworks together in West Sussex?

Mae west’s Lips, A Sofa, A Lobster Telephone known as the Aphrodisiac, West Sussex Dali Edwards and life in an english Country House, you have got to admit it is intriguing? Oh yes Edward the Prince of Whales, the Wellcome Foundation and just for good measure Somerset Maughan…oh what a tangled web the people and personalities spin throughout our history…

The Remarkable Influence of Sir Joseph Banks

The Remarkable Influence of Sir Joseph Banks

The remarkable influence of Joseph Banks, explorer, botanist and ‘enlightened’ man, stretched itself over a multitude of disciplines and ages. The connections he made heralded a new wave of thinking about science which still impact today…

The Lunar Society bringing together brilliant minds

The Lunar Society bringing together brilliant minds

The Lunar Society bringing together brilliant minds The Lunar Society bringing together brilliant minds happened because of a full moon. Those who joined together to become the ‘Lunar Circle’ or ‘Lunar Club’ as it was formerly known in 1775. The meetings of these fellows, with such fertile minds changed an age. The original ‘Lunarmen’,  gathered together for…

Trinity College Cambridge Alumni Masters and Fellows of distinction

Trinity College Cambridge Alumni Masters and Fellows of distinction

Philopshers Poets, Prime Ministers, Scientific Pioneers, Politicians and Social reformers with 32 Nobel prize winners quite an impressive list through history, did any of your family attend Trinity Cambridge or Oxford…

Issac Newton at Trinity College Cambridge

Issac Newton at Trinity College Cambridge

Isaac Newton and Christopher Wren intriguing connections and Trinity College Cambridge