First Coins of the A.D.
It is time to talk about time in the Middle Ages. The first coins to have the Christian year regularly stamped on their coins were minted in Aachen (pronounced: AH-chen with ch as in loch or Bach), Germany. The coin is a large, thick penny called the groschen (pronounced: GROW-sin with a rumble in the back of the throat on the "r"). A.D. is the abbreviation for the Latin words Anno Domini meaning "Year of our Lord." implying the birth date of Jesus as year 1. In the modern day some people object to the A.D. abbreviation because it implies a religious affirmation so they substitute the more general C.E. for "Common Era" and B.C.E. for "Before the Common Era." This abbreviation has the added virtue of being read as the "Christian Era" and "Before the Christian Era".    
Richard Loved Eleanor
Eleanor of Lancaster, the Countess of Arundel, has passed away. She was the fifth daughter of Henry, 3rd Earl of Lancaster and her second husband was Richard FitzAlan, 10th Earl of Arundel. When he died four years later his final wish was to be interred in a manner equal to his wife. He wrote: "I desire that my tomb be no higher than hers, that no men at arms, horses, hearse, or other pomp, be used at my funeral, but only five torches." Their tomb effigy shows Eleanor and Richard holding hands. 
This Year on Wikipedia
Year 1372, Wikipedia.
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- Aachen - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Groschen - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Julian calendar - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Gregorian calendar - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Hebrew calendar - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
- Eleanor of Lancaster - Wikipedia, 2014 [last update]
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