Marco PoloIn Our Time with Melvyn BraggBBC Radio 4First Played, May 24, 2012Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the celebrated Venetian explorer Marco Polo. In 1271 Polo set off on an epic journey through Asia. He was away for more than twenty years, and when he returned to Venice he told extraordinary tales of his adventures.
The Depiction of Jews in the Carnival Plays and Comedies of Hans Folz and Hans Sachs in Early Modern NurembergJohn D. Martin (University of Texas at Austin)Baylor Journal of Theatre and Performance: Vol.3:2 (2006)AbstractBakhtin’s theory of the social function of the carnival play (Fastnachtspiel) characterized the primary function of carnival plays as one of relieving class tensions and intra–group hostilities by providing members of diverse groups with an outlet for aggression, turning impulses that would otherwise express themselves in violence or disruptive behaviors into carefully modulated public displays of excess consumption (e.
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By Danièle CybulskieA Palace for Our Kings by James Wright is the story of the palace of Clipstone, sometimes known as “King John’s Palace”, a royal residence found in Sherwood Forest, and a favourite place of some of history’s most famous royal figures. When I first picked it up, I prepared myself for what I imagined might be a dry read – after all, wasn’t it just going to be a list of comings and goings?
Shapeshifting in Old Norse-Icelandic LiteratureBy Lyonel D. PeraboRoda da Fortuna: Electronic Journal about Antiquity and Middle Ages, Vol.6:1 (2017)Abstract: This article aims to cast a light upon the colorful yet largely unknown shapechanging motifs found in Old Norse-Icelandic literature as well as in related literary works conceived from Classical times until the middle of the 16th century.
Fans of all things Norse in Scotland will have the chance to take in performances and family-friendly activities this weekend when Dumbarton Castle hosts the Rock of Ages festival.The event will recreate the rich history of Scotland’s west coast – from the Roman Age through to the Second World War. Now in its fifth year, The Rock of Ages will focus on the Vikings, celebrating Norse heritage and exploring how the Vikings’ influence continues today.