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Methodius – Cue letter problem

There are three initials here: The original cue letter, scarcely visible, is a very fine, round-humped M (zoom in). The rubricated R was corrected by a... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 1 February 2015

Look to the East

Postilles de Nic. de Lire sur la Bible. Latin 11972 Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 11972,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 1 February 2015

Pharaoh’s Defeat

Postilles de Nic. de Lire sur la Bible. Latin 11972 Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 11972,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 1 February 2015

Tabernacle Romance

Postilles de Nic. de Lire sur la Bible. Latin 11972 Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 11972,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 1 February 2015

A Calendar Page for February 2015

To find out more about the London Rothschild Hours, take a look at our post A Calendar Page for January 2015. Calendar page for February, with decorative... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 1 February 2015

A Candlemas Miracle: 'a light to lighten the English'

BL Additional 49598, f. 34v A few years ago I posted an Old English sermon for Candlemas, the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, celebrated... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 31 January 2015

What I’m doing: Hincmar and charters

As you will have noticed, things have been very quiet on this blog for ages, because I’ve been busy on a lot of other things. The busyness will be continuing... read more »
From: Magistra et Mater on 31 January 2015

The Hierarchy of Heaven

According to Pseudo-Dionysius, there are nine orders of angels in the hierarchy of Heaven: Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 30 January 2015

Arthritis, the ‘ache and euel in fingres’, and medieval scribes

Common rue. Photograph by Carly Still      This plant is Ruta graveolens, known as ‘common rue’. It is native to the Balkans, but grows in many... read more »
From: The Scribe Unbound on 29 January 2015

'Tidings, tidings that be true: Sorrow is past and joy doth renew'

BL Sloane 2321, f. 125 By this point in January, Christmas can feel like a distant memory. But in the Middle Ages the Christmas season lasted forty days,... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 29 January 2015

Words of the month: ‘pedigree’, ‘pé de colum’ and ‘péage’

As was the case for the last two years, 2015 will see this blog continuing to highlight rare, interesting or curious words of the Anglo-Norman language,... read more »
From: Anglo-Norman words on 29 January 2015

OUT NOW: European Monsters (Fox Spirit, 2014)

Edited by Margrét Helgadóttir and Jo ThomasBlurb:They lurk and crawl and fly in the shadows of our mind. We know them from ancient legends and tales... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 29 January 2015

Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project: Another thirty manuscripts go online!

In our penultimate Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project update, we are very glad to announce that another thirty manuscripts have been digitised. There... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 29 January 2015

St Nicholas or 'Boy Bishop' tokens in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century East Anglia

The following post offers a very brief discussion of the distribution and significance of the late medieval to early post-medieval St Nicholas or 'Boy... read more »
From: Caitlin Green on 28 January 2015

Save the dates: "Entangled Trajectories: Integrating Native American and European Histories”

Please save the dates – April 9 and 10 – for an exciting inter-disciplinary conference, “Entangled Trajectories: Integrating Native American... read more »
From: GW MEMSI on 27 January 2015

An Attempt at the Definitive Squirrel Post

by KARL STEELRouen, BM ms. 3028, 89vNational Squirrel Appreciation Day came and went, as it always does, with me in the yard, hiding my nuts, and... read more »
From: In the Middle on 27 January 2015

Way out in the Country

My Manchester Metropolitan University page: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/hpp/research/current-phd-students/ Please help fund my research: http://www.gofundme.com/medievalgardensandparks –... read more »

Dragon beater

Horae ad usum Parisiensem [Grandes Heures de Jean de Berry]. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Manuscrits, Latin... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 27 January 2015

Ribbon, Garland, Angel

Strabo , Geographica , Guarinus Veronensis interpres Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 4797,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 27 January 2015

Fish for dinner and other acrobatics

Troparium-prosarium Sancti Martialis Lemovicensis Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 1119, fol.... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 27 January 2015

Indo-Greek, Indo-Scythian & other early Indian coins found in Britain

The following post is a very brief piece, intended simply to share a distribution map and details of some intriguing Indo-Greek, Indo-Scythian and other... read more »
From: Caitlin Green on 26 January 2015

Workshop on Human-Animal Studies: Feb. 18 (plus other Feb. events)

February is a short month, but filled with exciting GW MEMSI events. On Friday February 13, Ania Loomba of the University of Pennsylvania... read more »
From: GW MEMSI on 26 January 2015

David Starkey on Magna Carta

If you've been watching and listening closely, you may have realised by now that the year 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the granting of Magna Carta.... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 26 January 2015

A Compensation Coin, then, Two Rooms of Budding Byzantinists

I have been neglecting this blog, I’m sorry. I can only assure you that this is not out of laziness; rare has been the day of 2015 so far in which... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 25 January 2015

Purification of Saltpetre, part one

At last, the experiment you have all been waiting for. Purifying saltpetre. As we all know, it is one of two critically important ingredients for gunpowder,... read more »
From: distillatio on 25 January 2015

A Nonsense Carol

Yet more nonsense in this post.  But in my defence, looking at parody is a good way of finding out about literary form (and we all  need cheering up... read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 25 January 2015

Early Christianity: The Nature of Persecutions

This post will be something I’d classify less as history than sociology with a bit of anthropology thrown in. 1 There’s a reason for this which... read more »
From: Medieval History Geek on 24 January 2015

Dragon and the Book of Fire

A very impressive displays of heraldry. Rare use of black. Heures à l’usage dominicain , dites Heures de Frédéric d’Aragon Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 24 January 2015

The Knights Templar Conspiracy: the secrets on the wall...

Everyone likes a good conspiracy theory don't they. Everything from 'Who really shot President Kennedy' and 'Area 51', to 'Richard III and the Princes... read more »

FRENCH BREAD HISTORY: The bread of the Gauls

The most famous comment on the bread of the Gauls is also the most misleading. Pliny the Elder, who probably got his information second hand, wrote: In Gaul... read more »
From: Les Leftovers on 24 January 2015

Medieval Speech Bubbles

This blog frequently highlights parallels between medieval and modern technology and media. My recent posts on Spam, GPS and... read more »
From: medievalbooks on 23 January 2015

A matter of life and death

Heures à l’usage dominicain , dites Heures de Frédéric d’Aragon Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 23 January 2015

Pearls in a trompe-l’oeil frame

Heures à l’usage dominicain , dites Heures de Frédéric d’Aragon Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 23 January 2015

Hereford Writ To Be Displayed At The British Library

The British Library's major Magna Carta exhibition opens in less than two months. We're delighted to announce that Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy will... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 23 January 2015

All Directions in Time

Holbein's Ambassadors, 1533National Gallery, LondonThis is a reality check post, a looking at the landscape post, a brief state of the work post. This... read more »
From: Medieval Meets World on 22 January 2015

Bronze casting at the Experimental Archaeology Conference

Part of the conference (https://storify.com/artefactual_KW/experimental-archaeology-conference-9) which I attended last week was a couple of hours at the... read more »
From: My medieval foundry on 22 January 2015

Green H with knot

The tail takes a little more room than was given. Homiliarium. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 22 January 2015

A Proper exchange

Manfredus de Monte Imperiali, Liber de herbis et plantis. — De avibus et piscibus. — Nicolaus, Medicus, Doctrina de usualibus medicinis earumque... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 22 January 2015

De column A

Manfredus de Monte Imperiali, Liber de herbis et plantis. — De avibus et piscibus. — Nicolaus, Medicus, Doctrina de usualibus medicinis earumque... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 22 January 2015

Tendril Tail

Missale Parisiense. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 830, fol. 125r. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 22 January 2015

Fancy F with cue letter

There are lots of these bubbly parti-colored capitals in this manuscript. Missale Parisiense. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 22 January 2015

Tall Manger

Missale Parisiense. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 830, fol. 21r. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 22 January 2015

Democracy Day - 750 years since Simon de Montfort's 1265 parliament

Westminster Abbey Chapter House Magna Carta Project members appeared on BBC radio and television this week as part of BBC's Democracy Day (20 January)... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 21 January 2015

Why Chaucer Now? #MLA15

My daughter made me this for MLAby J J CohenI had the honor of participating in a lively roundtable at the most recent MLA on "Why Chaucer Now?" Emma Lipton... read more »
From: In the Middle on 21 January 2015

Das Ende der Welt: An Overlooked German Apocalypse

‘Bad work’: that is how M.R. James described an unusual German Apocalypse at the British Library, in his 1927 Schweich Lectures on The Apocalypse in... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 21 January 2015

She was the yoke that bound them’: Irish children and the medieval ‘Mammy’

      (Gaelic Irish people, woman is on the left by Lucas d’Heere, circa 1575. ) The title of this blog references a quote... read more »
From: medievalgill on 20 January 2015

Secularism and the medieval past

Much of the commentary on the terrible events in Paris a fortnight ago, and even more of the abundant commentary on the commentary that followed, has pivoted... read more »
From: Turbulent Priests on 20 January 2015

Jonathan Hsy, "Ecolinguistics in Theory and Practice"

Please join us this Friday January 23 at 3 PM in Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St NW) for GW's own Jonathan Hsy, "Ecolinguistics in Theory and Practice." Reception... read more »
From: GW MEMSI on 20 January 2015

St Wulfstan of Worcester, 'sole survivor of the old fathers of the English people'

Wulfstan at Worcester Cathedral 19 January is the feast of St Wulfstan of Worcester, famous for being one of the few high-ranking English churchmen to... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 19 January 2015

Surviving the Winter: Medieval-Style

There is a Middle English aphorism that says, ‘Winter all eats / That summer begets’. Living alongside 24-hour supermarkets, it is easy to forget the... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 19 January 2015