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Geoffrey Chaucer

Closeup of Geoffrey Chaucer

He wrote The Canterbury Tales and a host of other notable works, making him the "quintessential medieval English poet." But did you know he was in service to the king and went on diplomatic missions to the continent?

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Wednesday April 9, 2014

This week, just a few stories about sunken ships, found communities, and the return of what was lost.

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Rest in Peace, Jacques Le Goff

Wednesday April 2, 2014

Through works like The Birth of Europe and Medieval Civilization, groundbreaking historian Jacques Le Goff helped us all understand that the Middle Ages were not a time of darkness but the era in which many of our most fundamental modern western principles were formed. He did a great deal to change the focus of learning about the past from politics and events to attitude and anthropological matters. Two of his books are on my shelf (and several more on my wish list). Jacques Le Goff's impact has been strong these last several decades, and his works will continue to influence and inform for decades to come.

Jacques Le Goff died in Paris on Tuesday at the age of 90.

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King Francis I

Monday March 31, 2014

A supporter of the arts, Francis I of France invited Leonardo da Vinci to spend his declining years at his summer residence. Legend has it the artist died in the arms of the king. What was this Renaissance king like? Find out in his Who's Who Profile.

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Monday March 31, 2014
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