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On April 17, 1397, Geoffrey Chaucer unveiled his Canterbury Tales for the first time, reciting it for Richard II and his court.

Anyone else ever have to learn - and recite - the Prologue, in whatever passed for Middle English? We had to do it for a Freshman English course, and the verses remains seared in our memory:

WHAN that Aprille with his shoures soote 1

The droghte 2 of Marche hath perced to the roote,   

And bathed every veyne in swich 3 licour,   

Of which vertu engendred is the flour….

 

Here’s the real deal, for your listening pleasure.

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How a time slip window might appear, in six of the world’s great cities

At the Entrance to the Temple Mount, Jerusalem (1886), by Gustav Bauernfeind. This also shows the Dome of the Rock before it got its bronze alloy coating in the 1960s. 

Hustle and Bustle on the Galata Bridge in Constantinople (1890s), by Fausto Zonaro. The view is south down Galata Bridge. The Yeni Cami (New Mosque), which was completed between 1660 and 1665, is still there. The painting makes it look larger and more imposing than it does in Google Street View, where it is mixed in with telephone wires and traffic lights.

 

La Modiste Sur Les Champs-Élysées (1889), by Jean Béraud. 

 

The Piazza San Marco towards the Basilica (1760-65), by Francesco Guardi. The tower next to the basilica today is a replacement for this one, which stood from the 15th century until it collapsed in 1902. 

 

Antwerp – Group Portrait of the Oude Voetboog Guild on the Grote Markt (1643), David Teniers II. 

Parade at the Palace Square in St Petersburg (1800s) by Adolphe Ladurner. In the middle is the 600-tonne red granite Alexander Column. It was built between 1830 and 1834 and was one of the tallest columns in the world.

All photographs: Halley Docherty. Courtesy of The Guardian. 

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We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.
The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr

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ancientpeoples:

Terracotta vase in shape of a rooster 
The inscription is the Etruscan alphabet and is it likely that the vase contained ink. It is 10.3cm high (4 1/16 inch.) 
Etruscan, Archaic Period, 650 - 600 BC. 
Source: Metropolitan Museum 

ancientpeoples:

Terracotta vase in shape of a rooster 

The inscription is the Etruscan alphabet and is it likely that the vase contained ink. It is 10.3cm high (4 1/16 inch.) 

Etruscan, Archaic Period, 650 - 600 BC. 

Source: Metropolitan Museum