About the Scholar: Annalise Selden grew up in the United States and attended Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
In 1130, Roger II was crowned king of Sicily, succeeding to a position his father had invented after nearly 150 years of Muslim rule through “a myth of the resurgence of a king of Sicily who had never existed.” Inheriting a diverse population with no history of hereditary rule, Roger II turned to art to support his claim. Annalise analyzes and illustrates how Roger’s new royal chapel incorporated Byzantine, Arab, Muslim, Spanish, Romanesque, and Fatima Egyptian art forms. Her conclusion is that through the use of artistic elements, “Roger emphasizes the diversity of his kingdom to legitimize his authority.”
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.