An illustrated talk by Gavin Bell, Vice-President of Aberdeen Italian Circle.
11th March 2021 at 19:30 GMT on Zoom
A chance meeting at this Puglian pilgrimage shrine, in the year 1016, began one of the strangest episodes in mediaeval history. This led to the creation and brief flowering, over the following two centuries, of a multicultural, multi-ethnic kingdom at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, at a time when the rest of Europe was riven by internal quarrels, and seemingly hell-bent on waging external war. The experiment ultimately failed, but it has left us a splendid visual legacy.
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