Happy New Year’s Eve!

May Janus make his two (or four) faces to shine down upon your endeavours. May Bacchus’ leopard-drawn chariot safely convey you in whatever condition you happen to find yourself to and from your destinations. May you ring in the New Year with people you love, or at least people you don’t actively hate, and when the clock strikes midnight, raise a glass to we many, we happy many history nerds. Long may we drone on about our favorite subjects to our friends and family until they beg us to shut up for just one second or stuff their ears with dinner table napkins. Hey, it’s a gift.

We’ll meet back here tomorrow for a new post, the yearly retrospective that has become such a firmly established tradition for me now that it wouldn’t feel like the year has turned without it. Have a wonderful night!

P.S. – Aw, I can’t leave you with nothing at all to while away the time between breakfast and party. Janus, donchaknow. One looks back even as one looks forward.

This is a nifty 3D digitial reconstruction of St. Salvator’s Quad and Chapel at the University of St Andrews. The great spire of St. Salvator’s is original to the 15th century structure, but the rest of the quad today bears little resemblance to what it looked like when it opened in 1450. It was altered irrevocably starting with the great upheavals of the Reformation in Scotland, and indeed, a pivotal event in that history took place in the quad: the burning at the state of Patrick Hamilton, a 24-year-old scholar and advocate of the ideas of Martin Luther. He who was the first person condemned to die and executed for espousing Protestantism in Scotland. That was 1528.

With the 500the anniversary of the Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg castle, University of St Andrews researchers collaborated with Smart History to set the scene virtually so we could get an idea of what St. Salvator’s looked like in its medieval heyday.

St Salvators – St Andrews 1559 from Smart History on Vimeo.

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Comment by dearieme
2017-12-31 12:25:41

Lang may yer lum reek.

 
Comment by Ugly Perht
2017-12-31 13:32:47

Blimey, that used to be a damn fine cloister, I’d say !

Unfortunately, fortune brought with it that I temporarily have fallen ill, but as bad as I had to suffer last night from some form of sinusitis, I already feel not that bad anymore, and -despite the fact that I wont join my mates tonight- Janus is already looking forward to await the new year and some final cure, of course.

So make your sinuses around all forms of sinusitis, and have a healthy and prosperous new year ! Do not go for a swim in December ! :facepalm:

 
Comment by RMW
2017-12-31 19:27:39

I hope it is not as eventful as last year, a drunk slammed into our house at 130am last year. Happy 2018 all! :-)

 
Comment by clio85718
2018-01-01 11:08:50

long may we drone! Happy New Year!

 
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