Flying

Monk Eilmer

Flying! It is a strange yet, for some, persistent and driving innate force. And given that long-standing desire to take flight, there’s a good chance that other attempts had been tried before the first recorded account in the eleventh century. Monk William of Malmesbury Abbey in Wiltshire, England, recorded the event more than a century after the acclaimed glide, but the tale of the hapless human who took wing retains a respectable edge of credibility because of the monk’s reputation for being one of the most significant historians of his time. Twelfth century abbeys were places of study,...

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