Writer in Residence. – What’s Opera Doc? by Paul Andruss

(What’s Opera Doc? Warner Brothers Looney Tunes Cartoon)Opera came about during the Renaissance (or Rebirth) in late medieval Italy.Which begs the question: What’s the Renaissance Doc?Well, in a few words… The Roman Empire collapsed in Europe. Then came the Dark Ages: Anglo-Saxons, Franks, Goths, Vikings and as everything settled down, the Normans.Welcome to the 1st Millennium.The Pope said, ‘Wouldn’t it be lovely if Jerusalem was in Christian hands.’Welcome to the Crusades.The Normans loved Christianity. They just had a problem with the commandments, particularly: Thou shalt not kill. But they weren’t only about meeting new and exotic peoples (and killing them) they also introduced luxury goods: cinnamon, almonds, ginger, and the Greek and Roman Classics; the very books their Viking ancestors burned not 300 years before.

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My name is Sally Cronin and I am doing what I love.. Writing. Books, short stories, Haiku and blog posts. My previous jobs are only relevant in as much as they have gifted me with a wonderful filing cabinet of memories and experiences which are very useful when putting pen to paper. I move between non-fiction health books and posts and fairy stories, romance and humour. I love variety which is why I called my blog Smorgasbord Invitation and you will find a wide range of subjects. You can find the whole story here. Find out more at https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/about-me/

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