Main Page

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Welcome to Wikipedia,
5,184,148 articles in English

From today's featured article

Robert of Jumièges (died 1052–1055?) was the first Norman Archbishop of Canterbury. He had served as prior of the Abbey of St Ouen at Rouen in Normandy, before becoming abbot of Jumièges Abbey (pictured), near Rouen, in 1037. He was a friend and advisor to the king of England, Edward the Confessor, who appointed him Bishop of London in 1044, and then archbishop in 1051. Robert's time as archbishop lasted only about eighteen months. He had already come into conflict with the powerful Earl Godwin of Wessex, and had made attempts to recover lands lost to Godwin and his family. He also refused to consecrate Spearhafoc, Edward's choice to succeed Robert as Bishop of London. The rift between Robert and Godwin culminated in Robert's deposition and exile in 1052, and he died at Jumièges shortly after. Robert commissioned significant building work at Jumièges and was probably involved in the first Romanesque building in England, the church built in Westminster for Edward the Confessor, now known as Westminster Abbey. Robert's treatment by the English was used as one of the justifications of William the Conqueror for his invasion of England. (Full article...)

Did you know...

The Laguna Corona del Inca crater lake
The Laguna Corona del Inca crater lake

In the news

British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation
David Cameron announcing his resignation

On this day...

June 29: Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (Christianity, Gregorian calendar); Independence Day in Seychelles (1976)

Isabel Perón
Isabel Perón
More anniversaries:

Today's featured picture

Hip, Hip, Hurrah!

Hip, Hip, Hurrah! is an oil painting on canvas by the Norwegian-Danish painter Peder Severin Krøyer. Completed between 1884 and 1888 in the style of the French Impressionists and Naturalists, it shows the Skagen Painters during a party at Michael Ancher's house. It is presently in the Gothenburg Museum of Art, having been donated by the art collector Pontus Fürstenberg.

Painting: Peder Severin Krøyer

Other areas of Wikipedia

  • Community portal – Bulletin board, projects, resources and activities covering a wide range of Wikipedia areas.
  • Help desk – Ask questions about using Wikipedia.
  • Local embassy – For Wikipedia-related communication in languages other than English.
  • Reference desk – Serving as virtual librarians, Wikipedia volunteers tackle your questions on a wide range of subjects.
  • Site news – Announcements, updates, articles and press releases on Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Village pump – For discussions about Wikipedia itself, including areas for technical issues and policies.

Wikipedia's sister projects

Wikipedia is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other projects: