Apparently, if you are involved in computer programming, 'Byzantine' is a synonym for a lot of terrible things

That is if you have £3,000 to £6,000 to spare! Both of these medieval items will be sold at auction next week

Ever since the archangel Gabriel told Mary that the Holy Spirit would conceive Jesus in her womb and the three magi followed a star to Bethlehem to pay homage to the infant, the nativity story has been associated with magic and miracles

Flutes were used in a variety of situations, including to help hunters distract animals. The instrument became really popular around the year 1500 as it became used in a military context.

You can read more about the history of this instrument in the article, "The Development of the Flute as a Solo Instrument from the Medieval to the Baroque Era," by Anna J. Reisenweaver at

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The medieval flute would have been made in one piece from wood or bone, and had six fingerholes. It would have held sideways, most commonly to the player’s left. is a microblogging network supporting scholars and practitioners across the humanities and around the world.