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A Calendar Page for November 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 November, with decorative... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 1 November 2015

Rohan Hellmouth

Grandes heures de Rohan. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 9471, fol. 76r. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 31 October 2015

Interlace carpet

Beatus a Liebana, Commentarius in Apocalypsin. S. Hieronymus, Commentarius in Danielem. S. Ildefonsus Toletanus, De beatae Mariae perpetua virginitate.... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 31 October 2015

Framed inscription

Beatus a Liebana, Commentarius in Apocalypsin. S. Hieronymus, Commentarius in Danielem. S. Ildefonsus Toletanus, De beatae Mariae perpetua virginitate.... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 31 October 2015

Writing on the wall

Beatus a Liebana, Commentarius in Apocalypsin. S. Hieronymus, Commentarius in Danielem. S. Ildefonsus Toletanus, De beatae Mariae perpetua virginitate.... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 31 October 2015

Ligavit eum per annos mille

Beatus a Liebana, Commentarius in Apocalypsin. S. Hieronymus, Commentarius in Danielem. S. Ildefonsus Toletanus, De beatae Mariae perpetua virginitate.... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 31 October 2015

Fleuron

Beatus a Liebana, Commentarius in Apocalypsin. S. Hieronymus, Commentarius in Danielem. S. Ildefonsus Toletanus, De beatae Mariae perpetua virginitate.... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 31 October 2015

Interlace and birds

Beatus a Liebana, Commentarius in Apocalypsin. S. Hieronymus, Commentarius in Danielem. S. Ildefonsus Toletanus, De beatae Mariae perpetua virginitate.... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 31 October 2015

Bookmark

Graduale, Troparium et Prosarium ad usum Sancti Aredii. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 31 October 2015

An onomastic calendar: October

October 1: Edgar I was crowned King of the English in 959. October 2: Athalaric, king of the Ostrogoths, died in 543. October 3: Saint Francis of Assisi... read more »

Seminar CLXII: scribal dialects explored digitally

Some of the sticky posts are unstuck and the seminar report backlog is back under a year again, this all seems like progress. For lo, we now reach Armistice... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 31 October 2015

Serenade

Heures du XV et du XVIe s. avec peintures. Heures. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 31 October 2015

Things That Go Bump in the Night

Happy Halloween! Just for you we’ve compiled a spook-fest from the British Library’s medieval manuscript collections. You might want to keep the lights... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 31 October 2015

Seminar CLXI: two medievalist myth-makers

As you may have noticed, things have calmed down enough that I am beginning to have time to blog again, but I am nonetheless currently a year and two days... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 30 October 2015

Word of the Month: Horsemanship - The Anglo-Norman Horse (part 2)

(Tristan and Yseult in Roman du Chevalier by Gassien de Poitiers, 15th Century) Tristran i fet Ysod mener <1140>E par la raigne la... read more »
From: Anglo-Norman words on 30 October 2015

Elves and Apparitions at the Angevin Court

Sir Galahad encounters Symen in a forest, BL Royal 14 E III, f.85 The men and women of the Angevin court were fascinated by the supernatural. They told... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 30 October 2015

From the Sources XI: wets and measures

This is a leftover from my reading of the Wendy Davies lecture that I already blogged about while just about still in Birmingham, but I felt it was worth... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 29 October 2015

Color names: Silver/White/Grey

This post wraps up our series on color names for October’s monthly topic, and looks at names deriving from words for white/fair, silver, grey, and... read more »

Codex Sinaiticus: Both British Library Volumes On Display in London

The two volumes of Codex Sinaiticus held in the British Library's collections are together one of its greatest treasures. Produced around the middle of... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 29 October 2015

Clever sluggards? How fast did medieval scribes work?

‘HOW MANY folios per day??’ – BL Additional 18720 f. 2 As those who read my blog regularly will know, my research focuses on the effects... read more »
From: The Scribe Unbound on 28 October 2015

Monster Classroom (Seven Theses)

by J J CohenBelow you will find the draft of the afterword I was asked to compose for a new book edited by Adam Golub and Heather Richardson Hayton, Monsters... read more »
From: In the Middle on 28 October 2015

Seminar CLX: reading backwards into Frankish brooches

I have to start with the now-usual apology for lapse in posting; quite a lot is being required of me right now and mostly there is no time for blogging.... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 28 October 2015

Pierre Sala’s Return to Lyons

We are thrilled to let our readers know that Pierre Sala’s Petit Livre d’Amour is currently on display in the exhibition Lyon Renaissance Arts et Humanisme... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 28 October 2015

Agincourt: a 600 year old myth?

In the tiny and well kept church of St Mary at Barnham in Sussex is an intriguing little piece of ancient graffiti. Protected today behind perspex, and... read more »

Minutes from General Meeting, 30 September 2015

On 30 September 2015, IHS conducted its annual general meeting to discuss Society business and plan for the coming year. The meeting was a teleconference... read more »
From: hocclevesociety on 27 October 2015

An Alfredian Anthology

Alfred (Wells Cathedral) Alfred the Great, perhaps the most famous and most admired of all Anglo-Saxon kings, died on 26 October 899. Writing about him... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 26 October 2015

“Touching Hoccleve: The Social Cure” | The 2nd Annual Hoccleve Recovery Day

Although Hoccleve traces his recovery from mental illness to a spiritual intervention on All Hallows, his social recovery required the society of his peers.... read more »
From: hocclevesociety on 26 October 2015

Pseudo-Isidore and canons as weapons

Scholars debating about when in the ninth century the Pseudo-Isidore forgeries were created have increasingly argued for an early date for them, either... read more »
From: Magistra et Mater on 26 October 2015

The Battle of Agincourt in the News

The 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt was noted by many British media outlets over the weekend. Here are some of the articles that looked at... read more »
From: Medieval News on 26 October 2015

Color names: Black

We’ve made our way through the rainbow, but there are still two colors left. In this post, we look at names deriving from various medieval words... read more »

Agincourt: History, Poem, Chronicle

My contribution to the commemorations of the sixth-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt  is, of course, a poem (scroll down for text... read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 25 October 2015

A History of Violence: Europe and the Conquest of Lisbon

Some 868 years ago today, on 24 October 1147, the city of Lisbon fell to a combined force of besiegers from England, Scotland, Germany, Holland and... read more »
From: Turbulent Priests on 24 October 2015

Some oxygen isotope evidence for long-distance migration to Britain from North Africa & southern Iberia, c.1100 BC–AD 800

The following post offers a brief discussion of some of the oxygen isotope evidence for long-distance contact and migration between Britain and other parts... read more »
From: Caitlin Green on 24 October 2015

Not Just a Big Church

  I have recently become aware that, with all the nattering on Twitter about Camden and blogging about tombs,  I still have about a zillion roughly... read more »
From: Dianne's Medieval Writing on 24 October 2015

Putting a tune to a tuneless song

Gace’s melody in MS N The fifth song in the grands chants is unique to Douce 308 and is thus transmitted to us without any melody. However, its versification... read more »
From: Elizabeth Eva Leach on 23 October 2015

Hybrids and Shape-Shifters

Animal Tales, an exhibition exploring the role of animals in literature and what it says about us as humans, is open in the entrance hall of the British... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 23 October 2015

Color names: Blue and Purple

We’re combining blue and purple into one post because of the difficulty there can be in knowing just how to classify one interim term that gave rise... read more »

A Kestrel for a Knave

Set in a coal-mining community in northern England, Ken Loach’s film Kes (1969) portrays the solace a young boy finds when nurturing a kestrel. The film... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 21 October 2015

Why the Humanities Prepare You for Most Any Future, Part the 1000th

by J J CohenBachelor of Arts in Literature, McGill University (1994)Bachelor of Education University of British Columbia (1998)Teacher... read more »
From: In the Middle on 20 October 2015

Another world has always been possible: A Letter to Elysia Crampton @ DIS Magazine

by J J CohenITM readers may be interested in this collaborative piece now up at DIS Magazine. I wrote it with Elysia Crampton while meditating on her latest... read more »
From: In the Middle on 19 October 2015

Futures of the Past Program

Please join us for "Futures of the Past" on Friday October 30. A complete program for the symposium may be found here. read more »
From: GW MEMSI on 19 October 2015

The Magna Carta Project at Peking University

In September 2015, members of the Magna Carta Project visited Peking University, as part of a delegation led by the Institute of Historical Research. A... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 19 October 2015

How to deal with a vampire attack

The nights are drawing in, and the Halloween season is almost upon us. So I’ve put together what is I think the world’s first handy... read more »
From: Turbulent Priests on 19 October 2015

Internship in the Medieval Manuscripts Team

The British Library is pleased to be able to offer a nine-month internship in the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts section of the Western... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 19 October 2015

Willem de Blécourt: Werewolves in Medieval Europe

Willem de Blécourt: Werewolves in Medieval Europe29 October 20156.00-7.30pmRoom A112, Samuel Alexander Building, University of ManchesterAll welcome... read more »
From: Manchester Medieval Society on 18 October 2015

Color names: Green

Green is a curious color to consider its impact on the medieval European name pool as it (like orange and purple) is one of those colors that wasn’t... read more »

Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts

The British Library holds an internationally renowned collection of manuscripts relating to the ancient and medieval world. We are currently recruiting... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 17 October 2015

Neurology, Nudity and Coconuts: Medieval News Roundup

Our latest roundup of the news from the Middle Ages even goes into US Presidential Politics...[View the story "Neurology, Nudity and Coconuts: Medieval... read more »
From: Medieval News on 16 October 2015

Climates of Crisis!

The climate changes. How does that affect societies? We may be facing unprecedented global warming but the past can still help us to frame and understand... read more »
From: merovingianworld on 16 October 2015

Conference Report “Beyond Exceptionalism”

Kathleen Neal:I’m so excited by the historiographical developments that underpin this recent US conference (report by Lois Huneycutt, rebloged below).... read more »
From: In Thirteenth Century England on 14 October 2015