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At the beginning of the 19th century, the singing of Christmas carols was dying out in England. It is Davies Gilbert who is credited with initiating a revival of sorts. 'The First Nowell' was first published in Gilbert's Some Ancient Christmas Carols in 1823. He took it from a manuscript of Cornish carols made around 1817, and are today available in the County Record Office in Truro, England. #Christmas #carol #history
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2017 being the 500th anniversary of the beginning of The Reformation, I thought it a good opportunity to briefly write about what is one of the most meaningful and revolutionary movements in all the history of Western Civilization.

The Reformation severely challenges the theological certainties of the age and shatters the feeling of a European civilization united under one faith. It would sweep away any comforts afforded by traditional beliefs. From what we can tell, approximately half of the monks in Germany left their monasteries and headed for marriage, as well as starting new denominations of Christianity. #reformation #luther #martinLuther
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When people brought indulgences to a local monk named Martin Luther asking for him to verify their efficacy, he refuses. The Catholic Church became aware of Luther’s refusal and immediately denounced him, bringing him instant notoriety. Luther’s response was to quickly compose a ninety-five theses titled: Disputatio pro Declaratione Virtutis Indulgentiarum (Disputation for Clarification of the Power of Indulgences).
Luther nails his theses to the front door of The Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31st. The year was 1517 and the Reformation had begun. #reformation #95Theses #luther #martinLuther
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By the end of the first century, it is evident that Christian places of worship had developed a somewhat standard form of architecture. Churches from the first through the third centuries took classical Greek and Roman architecture in its most flourished form as its main influence. Classical architecture had at this time reached its height after developing for thousands of years. #architecture #christianArchitecture #churchArchitecture #church
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The love story of Clara and Robert Schumann is a unique one in musical history. For Robert's 31st birthday, Clara writes music to a poem that had always shown how she felt for him. On June 8th, 1841, she presents her song to to him, Liebst du um Schönheit, with words by Friedrich Rückert. #romanticEra #claraSchumann #schumann #music
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The distance to heavenly bodies as well as the total size of the Universe has been commonly underestimated throughout the entire history of astronomy. From the time of the ancient Greeks and even in recent years, new discoveries have forced us to think bigger about just how vast and distant the Universe is. Currently we have no evidence to prove that the Universe is not infinite in size. #astronomy #universe
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The nomadic tribes of central Asia consistently plundered a wide range of advanced cultures from China, the Middle East, India, and all the way to Europe. It was only 300 years ago that these marauding tribes were defeated once and for all. It is a story of how civilization eventually wins.
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"Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine."
~ Sir Arthur Eddington
#astronomy   #Eddington   #relativity
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A quiet but very skilled man, James Cook charted the coasts of New Zealand and Australia during his first Pacific voyage.
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A mear 200 years ago the average American earned $1000 per year, adjusted for inflation. Today per capita GDP is around $53,000 per year in America. For all of history until the year 1820, economic growth was essentially nonexistent, and after, explosive and sustained.
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