'Alfred the Great, Disguised as a Harper, Playing Before Guthrum', (878), 1890. Creator: Unknown
'Alfred the Great, Disguised as a Harper, Playing Before Guthrum', (878), 1890. Alfred the Great (c847-899) King of Wessex 871-c886 and King of the Anglo-Saxons c886-899, disguised as a minstrel in the Danish camp of Guthrum at Chippenham in 878. From "Cassell's Illustrated Universal History, Vol. III - The Middle Ages", by Edmund Ollier. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris and Melbourne, 1890. ]
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The Welsh Bard. 1858. Artist: William Theed
The Welsh Bard.1858. A poet, especially one who writes impassioned, lyrical, or epic verse. Bards were originally Celtic composers of eulogy and satire; the word came to mean more generally a tribal poet-singer gifted in composing and reciting verses on heroes and their deeds.
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Detail of relief from the tomb of Meryre
Detail of relief from the tomb of Meryre. The temple musicians are depicted with deformed eyes, a possible indication of blindness. Some have their mouths open as if singing, others may be humming. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 18th dynasty c.1352-1336 BC. Place of Origin: Tomb of Meryre, Amarna period. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ . Location: 72.
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