A Byzantine Emperor At King Henry’s Court


Video begins streaming friday, 27 January 2023

Christmas 1400 London

At Christmastide 1400 to 1401, Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Emperor Manuel II Palaiologos paid a visit to King Henry IV at Eltham Palace in London. Seeking aid against the Ottomans, the Byzantine Emperor also brought with him clergy and cantors for prayers and services.

New discoveries, researched and led by Alexander Lingas, reveal the mix of liturgical music – in Greek and in Latin – that was performed at this double- royal occasion on Old-Style Christmas (modern date of 7 January).

With recording release!

Alexander Lingas, music director and founder


Medieval Byzantine Chant, c.1400
Sarum Chant and Polyphony
Music from the Old Hall Manuscript (c.1410-20)

A Byzantine Emperor at King Henry's Court


Cappella Records is proud to present its 30th release: A Byzantine Emperor at King Henry’s Court: Christmas 1400, London, performed by Cappella Romana and led by founder and music director Alexander Lingas.

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