Sunday, June 13, 2010

LA has medieval history!

I know I'm not the only one who thinks that Southern California lacks real, well, you know, culture. Especially historical culture. I walk into any big abbey at Evensong in England and I'm greeted with the most awesome choral music ever. I just can't find that anywhere in LA. But every once in a while I am pleasantly surprised... took a trip to the Getty yesterday to check out the Da Vinci exhibit - which closes on June 20, so you'd better hurry if you want to go - and while I was there I stopped at the Medieval Old Testament exhibit.

If you're in SoCal, I highly recommend you make the trek to the 405 to see this exhibition. The pages are stunning. Plus, there's a new area devoted to household decorative items of the Renaissance. Man, the North Pavilion is my idea of heaven!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Where was the Battle of Bosworth Field?

I'm catching up on my podcasts tonight and am listening to this one from the BBC History Magazine from March 2010. If you don't subscribe, or are as behind in your subscriptions as I am, it's worth a listen. There's a whole section on archeologists doing work to find out where Bosworth Field is (the Battle of Bosworth Field is where Henry VII defeated Richard III and began the Tudor Dynasty).

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Episode 011 - The Pilgrimage of Grace

The Pilgrimage of Grace was an uprising in 1536 where people in Northern England fought back against the new religion being imposed on them, and threatened the political stability.