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Wake! For the Sun, who scatter'd into flight The Stars before him from the Field of Night,

The Rubaiyat

Omar Khayyam, 1120
Tianning Temple, Ancient China

Tianning Temple

1120
Summer Mountains, Song Dynasty

Summer Mountains

1127
Florence Baptistery, Medieval Art

Florence Baptistery

1059-1128
Chalice of the Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis, Gothic Art

Chalice of the Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis

100 BCE-1140

A record of the rebuilding of the first Gothic cathedral, St. Denis

The Book of Suger, Abbot of St. Denis

Abbot Suger, 1140
Basilica of St Denis, Gothic Art

Basilica of St Denis

Abbot Suger (1135 rebuild), 475 CE-1144

From tasting evil, the blood of the sons of Adam was turned into the poison of semen, out of which the sons of man are begotten.

On Illness

Hildegard von Bingen, 1150
Scivias 2.1: The Redeemer, Hildegard von Bingen

Scivias 2.1: The Redeemer

Hildegard von Bingen, 1150
Scivias I.6: Humanity and Life, Hildegard von Bingen

Scivias I.6: Humanity and Life

Hildegard von Bingen, 1150
Scivias I.6: The Choirs of Angels, Hildegard von Bingen

Scivias I.6: The Choirs of Angels

Hildegard von Bingen, 1150

When a woman is making love with a man, a sense of heat in her brain, which brings with it sensual delight, communicates the taste of that delight.

The First Written Description of the Female Orgasm

Hildegard von Bingen, 1150
Scivias, Hildegard von Bingen

Prophetic visions or the hallucinations of ergot poisoning?

Scivias

Hildegard von Bingen, 1152
Pisa Baptistry, Medieval Art

Pisa Baptistry

Diotisalvi, 1152-1153
Scivias I.3: God, Cosmos, and Humanity, Hildegard von Bingen

Scivias I.3: God, Cosmos, and Humanity

Hildegard von Bingen, 1165
Hortus Deliciarum — Philosophy and the Seven Liberal Arts, Herrad of Landsberg

Hortus Deliciarum — Philosophy and the Seven Liberal Arts

Herrad of Landsberg, 1180
Hortus Deliciarum — The Holy Spirit descends on the Apostles, Herrad of Landsberg

Hortus Deliciarum — The Holy Spirit descends on the Apostles

Herrad of Landsberg, 1180
Angkor Wat, Khmer Art

Angkor Wat

Suryavarman II and Jayavarman VII, 1150-1200
The Lewis Chessmen, Viking Age

The Lewis Chessmen

1150-1200
The Prose Edda, Viking Age

An Icelandic poet recounts the violence and drama of the Norse sagas

The Prose Edda

Snorri Sturlson, 1200
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