NEWSWEEK: The 'Children of Woolpit' and Flying Monks: This is Science Fiction in Medieval Times

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Release date: 13/9/2018

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Science fiction may seem resolutely modern, but the genre could actually be considered hundreds of years old. There are the alien green “children of Woolpit”, who appeared in 12th-century Suffolk and were reported to have spoken a language no one could understand. There’s also the story of Eilmer the 11th-century monk, who constructed a pair of wings and flew from the top of Malmesbury Abbey. And there’s the Voynich Manuscript, a 15th-century book written in an unknowable script, full of illustrations of otherworldly plants and surreal landscapes.

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TitleThe 'Children of Woolpit' and Flying Monks: This is Science Fiction in Medieval Times
Media name/outletNewsweek
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited States
Date13/09/18
DescriptionScience fiction may seem resolutely modern, but the genre could actually be considered hundreds of years old. There are the alien green “children of Woolpit”, who appeared in 12th-century Suffolk and were reported to have spoken a language no one could understand. There’s also the story of Eilmer the 11th-century monk, who constructed a pair of wings and flew from the top of Malmesbury Abbey. And there’s the Voynich Manuscript, a 15th-century book written in an unknowable script, full of illustrations of otherworldly plants and surreal landscapes.
URLhttps://www.newsweek.com/children-woolpit-and-flying-monks-science-fiction-medieval-times-1119362?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution
PersonsJames Paz