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Saturday Single No. 651

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

Okay, so 651 is an area code around here, mostly covering St. Paul and the eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities area. What else is 651?

Well, it was a year, of course. And in the year 651, Wikipedia says (noting that it’s an approximate date), King Clovis II of Neustria and Burgundy married Balthild, an Anglo-Saxon aristocrat sold into slavery in Gaul. She had been owned by one Erchinoald, Clovis’ mayor of the palace. Erchinoald, says the website, gave Balthild to Clovis, hoping to curry favor with the king.

Also in 651, according to Wikipedia:

In the Arabian Empire, “The Qur’an is compiled by Caliph Uthman ibn Affan in its present form. The text become(s) the model from which copies are made and promulgated throughout the urban centers of the Arab world.”

The Hôtel-Dieu de Paris is founded by Saint Landry. Still in existence, it is the oldest hospital in the city.

King Yazdegerd III of Persia is murdered by his followers in a miller’s hut near the city of Merv (a major oasis on the Silk Road). His murder ends both Persian resistance to Arab conquest and the existence of the Sassanid Empire.

That’s about it for the year of 651, except for the death of Aidan, the bishop of Lindisfarne, who founded the famed monastery on the holy island off the northeast coast of England.

And that tumbles us easily into Lindisfarne, the English folk-rock band that hailed from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, about sixty miles south of the island. So here’s “Run For Home,” a lush ballad from the group’s 1979 album Back & Fourth. It’s today’s Saturday Single.