Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Gallimaufry -- Medieval edition

1. A medieval castle is under construction in Arkansas, of all places.

2. But it will probably not have as fine a tower as Westgate in Canterbury, now to be saved from closure.

3. It’s been confirmed that the remains found in a lead casket in Magdeburg Cathedral last year does indeed contain what’s left of Queen Editha, an Anglo-Saxon princess who became the first wife of Otto the Great. Her body was reinterred in 1510 into a lead coffin, and her skeleton was wrapped in silk cloth dating from the 10th century.

Otto and Editha in happier days, a sculpture in Magdeburg Cathedral from the 13th century. Sic transit gloria mundi.

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