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The Final Hours and Last Eucharist

A very busy time at work of late has mean that I have not been able to keep up with the blog as well as I would have liked. To cap it all I go away just as the siege … Continue reading

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The Byzantine Treasury of the Hospital of Santa Maria della Scala in Siena

Stephania Gerevini  is taking a PhD covering the transportability of Byzantine art to 14C Italian city states at the Courtauld Institute of Art. I was able to hear her present on her work so far at King’s College, London on … Continue reading

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The Fall of Constantinople 29 May 1453

Having said his farewells and taken the sacrament I would like to think that Constantine was at peace. He had done all he could and fought bravely with this soldiers and allies. He must have realised on that warm May … Continue reading

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The Final Hours and Last Eucharist

We come now to the last hours of Byzantium. The defenders were weary after defending the city since April 5th. The Emperor’s hope lay with a relief fleet from Venice, but this had failed to appear. On 3 May a … Continue reading

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Walking to Find Byzantium

I have waited until now to catch-up on the walk I have just completed with a group from the Via Egnatia Foundation. Warning this is a long post! I thought I needed time to reflect before putting finger to keyboard. … Continue reading

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Easter and Byzantine Liturgical Music

Something that is perhaps little known is the wealth of Byzantine liturgical music that has survived. The style of music is perhaps personified by the chant, but later pieces have a closer affinity to Western musical styles that we might associate with the Renaissance. This is no coincidence as contact between East and West increased after the retaking of the City from the Latins. Continue reading

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