The Norman Birds of Prey (Dennis Aubrey)


“Then the wolves of slaughter rushed forward, they cared nothing for the water, the host of vikings, west across the Blackwater, across the shining stream they carried their shields, … The roar of battle was lifted up there, ravens circled, the bird of prey eager for carrion; there was bedlam in the land…. The onslaught […]

Color and Saint Austremoine (PJ McKey)


Every time we visit Saint Astremoine in Issoire, I cannot help but think of the impression it must of made in times less cluttered by man-made visual stimuli. This year during our visit I found myself in the south side of the ambulatory transfixed by the riot of patterns and color. I always try to […]

Saint Michael’s Church, Hildesheim (Jong-Soung Kimm)


Situated on the Michaelshugel at the western edge of the historic core of Hildesheim, St. Michael’s Church (Michaelskirche) was built between 1010 and 1031 as the abbey church of a Benedictine monastery. Bishop Bernward, a tutor and adviser to Otto III, founded the monastery, and is believed to have had a strong influence on the […]