Romance

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St John’s Rose at Brisbane – Planted by an Optimist

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The St John’s Rose was bred for the Cathedral gardens at St Johns’ Cathedral Brisbane to celebrate all those people who contributed to its completion in 2008

The Twelfth Century Awakening and Songs of Courtly Love

The Twelfth Century Awakening and Songs of Courtly Love

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The courtly love song sung by a languishing lover to his lovely lady proclaimed that although their love was a secret, because convention required it to be, he was content to let her know she was the sole mistress of his heart.

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The Romance of the Middle Ages @the Bodleian Library

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The Romance of the Middle Ages an exhibition at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford in 2012 showcased manuscripts early printed books and romanz, romantic literature

The Beautiful Era

The Beautiful Era

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Beauty and innovation were important aspects of La Belle Époque, that beautiful era in Europe c1890 to 1914 when France and its European neighbours were at peace.  It was a time of political contrasts. Working class militancy and organized socialist movements built on the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity….