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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


Summer Mountains


Florence Baptistery


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

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, 1150

Scivias I.6: Humanity and Life

Hildegard von Bingen, 1150

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

Prophetic visions or the hallucinations of ergot poisoning?


Hildegard von Bingen, 1152

Pisa Baptistry

Diotisalvi, 1152-1153

Scivias I.3: God, Cosmos, and Humanity

Hildegard von Bingen, 1165

Hortus Deliciarum — Philosophy and the Seven Liberal Arts

Herrad of Landsberg, 1180

Hortus Deliciarum — The Holy Spirit descends on the Apostles

Herrad of Landsberg, 1180

Angkor Wat

Suryavarman II and Jayavarman VII, 1150-1200

The Lewis Chessmen


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

The Prose Edda

Snorri Sturlson, 1200
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