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Lucie Skeaping is joined by historian Ian Mortimer to explore the society and musical culture of England under Edward III. It was a time when English became the lingua franca.

Lucie Skeaping looks back on Edward III's 14th Century England with historian Ian Mortimer, focusing on the nation's life and musical culture.

Edward III can be seen as a defining monarch in the history of the nation. After the disastrous reign of his father Edward II, he rebuilt the nation's confidence modelling his monarchy on the chivalric sensibilities of the legendary Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. The Hundred Years War began with Edward; he undertook a huge programme of castle building; and besides many other things, established the Order of the Garter. This was the age when the English language started to become the nation's lingua franca; it is the age of The Green Knight; Piers Plowman; and Geoffrey Chaucer.

Lucie meets historian Ian Mortimer, an authority of the 14th century and Edward's biographer, to learn more about this period, and she reflects on the Englishness of the music of his age.

1 hour

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  • Anon.

    Campanis cum cymbalis

    Performers: Hilliard Ensemble, Paul Hillier (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 901154.
  • Anon.

    Mater ora filium

    Performers: Hilliard Ensemble, Paul Hillier (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 901154.
  • Anon.

    Worldes blisse have good day

    Performers: Hilliard Ensemble, Paul Hillier (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 901154.
  • Anon.

    Campanis cum cymbalis (distant)

    Performers: Hilliard Ensemble, Paul Hillier (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMC 901154.
  • Anon.

    La ultime estampie real (extract)

    Performer: Pavlo Besnoziuk (fiddle)

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA 66739.
  • Anon.

    Gaude virgo immaculata

    Performers: Liber UnUsualis

    • PASSACAILLE 938.
  • Anon.

    Servant regem/Ludowice/Rex regum

    Performers: Diabolus in Musica, Antoine Guerber (director)

    • ALPHA.
    • Alpha 022.
  • Pierre des Molins

    De ce que fol pense (instrumental)

    Performer: Andrew Lawrence-King (medieval harp)

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA 66238.
  • Anon.

    Singularis laudis digna

    Performers: Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (director)

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA 67098.
  • Philippe de Vitry

    Gratissima virginis/Vosqui admaramini/Gaude gloriosa/Contratenor

    Performers: Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (director)

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA 66238.
  • Anon.

    Gabriel fram Heven-king

    Performers: Liber un Unsualis

    • PASSACAILLE.
    • 938.
  • Alanus

    Sub Arturo plebs (instrumental) (extract)

    Performers: Ferrara Ensemble, Crawford Young (director & lute)

    • ARCANA.
    • A40.
  • Anon.

    Thomas gemma Cantuarie

    Performers: Hilliard Ensemble, Paul Hillier (director)

    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • HMA 901106.
  • Anon.

    Virgo salvavit

    Performers: Diabolus in Musica, Antoine Guerber (director)

    • ALPHA.
    • Alpha 022.

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