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Matilda of Flanders – William the Conqueror

By |2018-04-24T09:08:35+00:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Nave of the Abbaye aux Dames in Caen (about 1050 AD) About 1050 AD, William the Conqueror married Matilda of Flanders. They were both rich Normans, and there weren't that many rich Normans yet at this time. So William and Matilda were distantly related to each other. The Pope had said that people who were related shouldn't get married, even [...]

Toulouse – St. Sernin – Romanesque

By |2018-04-15T16:50:51+00:00July 31st, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Church of St. Sernin, Toulouse, France In 1080 AD, the church of St. Sernin in Toulouse was a busy place. Charlemagne had given the church some saints' relics, and many people stopped to pray there when they were on pilgrimage to St. Jacques de Compostela in Spain. But the little old church, built in the 300s AD under Roman rule, was too [...]

Caen – Abbaye aux Dames

By |2018-04-24T08:00:43+00:00July 29th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Caen - Abbaye aux Dames Matilda of Flanders ordered her architects to build this Christian church about 1050 AD in her capital at Caen. (Find out why.) The Abbaye aux Dames is a great example of the Romanesque style of medieval European architecture. One thing that is typical of Romanesque churches is that the doors have round arches (not pointed [...]