Partly original medieval?
Bertus,yes, 11th, 12th century.
Subtle imagery from a favorite century. Thanks!
Oh, that's so appealing! What is it exactly, Sean?
It looks like this one at Oostrum http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Oostum_1997.jpg(there are more of them in the Northeast area (the Saxon part) of this country; also Romanesque, some of them even Gothic. But they are all later than the one on your picture.
Claude,yes, as some people might say, it does seem to breathe history.'Favourite centrury'? Why?
Ashley,it is the village church that I am regularly passing when making my way up to the baker's.
Claude,herewith the first r from the cent(r)ury's been taken away.
Bertus,in these days the world may not have been a global village; Europe has already been one, though, obviously - architecturally.
i did a lot of reading on the Medieval World. Women were very respected because of their part in the administration of large households. They also were given important role in the accounts and functioning of their husbands' emerging business. The prioress of large abbayes had an equal voice as a cardinal in Rome. Also in the decisions concerning the building of cathedrals. All this disappeared with the Renaissance and the Reformation. And women haven't yet (even with feminism) recovered the position of importance they had in the Middle Ages.They were not equal. Simply as important, and essential, as men.
Of course, then (as today) it largely depended on the women's education and social positions. A bit easier today to be educated and liberated. But it doesn't give women the respect they deserve. And as far as the Catholic church is concerned, women will never again gain a position of importance. The old celibate Roman men are much too afraid that another Hildegard of Bingen (or Joan of Arc) rise again to challenge them.
To read: "Women in the Days of the Cathedrals" by Régine Pernoud.
Claude,thank you! Spontaneously I intended to buy a copy of "Women in the Days of the Cathedrals", but then, I'd not be willing to pay the price.Still, I do agree. And let me add Chaucer's Wife of Bath
That price is incredible. My own French copy (which I gave to my niece) was $12. And I can get a new paperback English copy for $17.00 at Indigo (Canada).It was fun to see "Wife of Bath" again. Thanks!