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Why Witch Marks aren't just for Halloween...

So all the signals are telling me that Halloween must be fast approaching. How can I tell, you might well ask? Is it the sudden proliferation of bright... read more »

bumps and glitches and making refuge

REFUGE symposium in progress, as photographed by Alexa Huangby J J CohenSometimes I get into a funk about the devaluing of the humanities, the proliferation... read more »
From: In the Middle on 29 October 2016

Lindisfarne Gospels: Back on Display in the Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery

We are delighted to announce that the Lindisfarne Gospels is now back on display in the Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery. Decorated letters and words... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 29 October 2016

Where is all the smut? The tricky questions about medieval graffiti...

So I'm standing before the audience, lecture over, trying to answer the questions posed by the audience. Some are brilliant questions - things that hadn't... read more »

Justice with a two-edged sword

Emblèmes bibliques, volume comprenant la fin de Job, le Psautier, les livres de Salomon et les Prophètes. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 28 October 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Victorian Gothic Faust Penny Dreadful Launches at Halloween

On 28th October 2016, North Manchester-based micro-press Hic Dragones will launch a new edition of the 1847 penny dreadful FAUST. Written by best-selling... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 28 October 2016

An African Abbot in Anglo-Saxon England

To commemorate Black History Month in the United Kingdom, today we tell the story of one of the first Africans to visit Anglo-Saxon England. The man in... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 27 October 2016

In case you were wondering....

Although I still have several installments on my history of French bread to go, and other subjects to cover, I have not posted here for some time, for... read more »
From: Les Leftovers on 26 October 2016

Wonders of Thread: The V&A’s Opus Anglicanum Exhibition

Until 5 February 2017, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is providing a unique opportunity to view some of the most incredible survivals of pre-modern... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 25 October 2016

Habitability: Buridan on Dark-Skinned People

by KARL STEELBnF français 25344, 128v, Gautier de Metz, Image du MondeToday, my "Problems in Posthumanism" graduate seminar worked on Alexander... read more »
From: In the Middle on 25 October 2016

Getting off the Hook

This month, debates over the UK government’s  plans to make troops exempt from human rights laws whilst on service have highlighted how not... read more »
From: Turbulent Priests on 24 October 2016

Mystery Monday: Josine/Josina

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet.... read more »

The Presentation

« Livre doré des Meditacions de la vie de nostre seigneur Jhesucrist, selon BONNEADVANTURE, translaté de latin en françois,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 24 October 2016

Saracen Code Book

Et puis que ie vous ay devise une partie de leur loy ie vous deviseray sil vous plaist quelles lettres ilz ont avecques les noms et ainsi quilz les appellent... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 24 October 2016

Transfiguration

Jean de Mandeville, Voyages ; Préservation de Epidémie , traduction française du De morbo epidemiae de Jean de Bourgogne. vol. I:... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 24 October 2016

Ave Maria

Gautier de Coinci, Miracles de Nostre Dame (Livres I et II); Saluts de Nostre Dame ; Prières à Nostre Dame ; Cinq joies Nostre Dame; Prière... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 24 October 2016

Fire, Fire! The Tragic Burning of the Cotton Library

2016 has been a year of anniversaries, some of them more notable than others. Already this year we have commemorated 350 years since the Great Fire of... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 23 October 2016

Beatific knee

Gautier de Coinci, Miracles de Nostre Dame (Livres I et II); Saluts de Nostre Dame ; Prières à Nostre Dame ; Cinq joies Nostre Dame; Prière... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 22 October 2016

Ludford, Tealby and the Taifali: a major Late Iron Age to early post-Roman settlement on the Lincolnshire Wolds

The following post is intended to offer a brief introduction to the archaeology and early history of Ludford, Lincolnshire, along with some thoughts on... read more »
From: Caitlin Green on 21 October 2016

Stunning Daughter: Child Migrants, Celebrity Teens, & Some Medieval Connections

Recently, a very small number of the desperate group of people interned in a refugee camp in Calais have crossed a narrow sea to reach this island. It’s... read more »
From: Meny Snoweballes on 21 October 2016

Word of the month: Some Italianisms in the Port Books of Southampton

A map of medieval Southampton based on the Terrier of 1454: http://3dvisa.cch.kcl.ac.uk/paper_jones.htmlMy previous AND blog [July 2016] on luxury... read more »
From: Anglo-Norman words on 21 October 2016

Dealing with the Devil

Gautier de Coinci, Miracles de Nostre Dame (Livres I et II); Saluts de Nostre Dame ; Prières à Nostre Dame ; Cinq joies Nostre Dame; Prière... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 21 October 2016

In lieu of an essay…

Something I wrote four years ago today, and forgot all about. I have too many half-finished posts in the queue, and hope that posting something will remind... read more »
From: Blogenspiel on 20 October 2016

Note to Self: Readers Writing in Greek Manuscripts

The stories we can tell about manuscripts are not only limited to the texts and images found within them. For as long as books have existed, readers and... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 20 October 2016

3rd Annual Hoccleve Recovery Day on Social Media

As we have done for the last couple years the International Hoccleve Society is very pleased to be sponsoring the 3rd Annual Hoccleve Recovery Day, this... read more »
From: hocclevesociety on 19 October 2016

Splintered: Women in Academia

Woman faces the glass ceiling, from “Women’s History” on About.com Last week I attended Challenging Inequality: A Workshop for Women... read more »
From: Meny Snoweballes on 19 October 2016

Le Copiste

Gautier de Coinci, Miracles de Nostre Dame (Livres I et II); Saluts de Nostre Dame ; Prières à Nostre Dame ; Cinq joies Nostre Dame; Prière... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 19 October 2016

The Danish Conquest, Part 13: The Battle of Assandun

Cnut (British Library, Stowe 944, f.6) On this day 1000 years ago, Cnut defeated Edmund Ironside at the Battle of Assandun, the final battle in his conquest... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 18 October 2016

Lion on the stairs

Each in a different pose: Gautier de Coinci, Miracles de Nostre Dame (Livres I et II); Saluts de Nostre Dame ; Prières à Nostre Dame ; Cinq... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 18 October 2016

Autumn foliage

Recueil de textes d’édification et de traités de dévotion en prose et en vers : Legiloque ; Dialogue entre un père et... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 18 October 2016

Thick and thin of interlace

[Z]acha[riae]The Book of Kells, Trinity College Dublin, Ms. 58, fol. 19v read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 18 October 2016

News Roundup - The 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings

How the anniversary celebrations and the re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings at Battle Abbey was reported in the media... [View the story "News Roundup... read more »
From: Medieval News on 18 October 2016

Remembering Assandun with Emma

It has been a busy week of anniversaries of early medievalists with an interest in north-western Europe. Last week was the 950th anniversary of the Battle... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 18 October 2016

Mystery Monday: Inoffio

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet.... read more »

Lady Godiva: Gift of God

Image from Wikimedia Commons How does a legend arise, and what purpose does it serve? Is myth the opposite of history, or can it elucidate the rather sparse... read more »

Exile: Creating Orthodoxy in the Roman Empire

Exile: the banishment of a person or group from their home country, typically those who pose a threat to government and/or society. Exile has often... read more »
From: Turbulent Priests on 17 October 2016

"Oure dedes ben of o colour": John Gower wins a Nobel!

Alexander and the Pirate, from the Buch der Tugend (via ArtStor)by KARL STEELBrief words of congratulations are in order for John Gower's Nobel prize win.... read more »
From: In the Middle on 13 October 2016

And Always After That It Grew Much Worse

14 October 2016 marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. It is sometimes said that ‘winners write the history books’. However, some recently... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 13 October 2016

England and France, 700-1200: Manuscripts from the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the British Library

We are delighted to announce a new project to open up further the unparalleled collections of illuminated manuscripts held by the British Library and the... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 12 October 2016

Changing the Script

The scripts found in Greek manuscripts can be seriously daunting for a newcomer. Not only do they have the usual barriers found in manuscripts of all languages... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 11 October 2016

Political propaganda: the zero-sum “fairness” technique

The moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt is well-known for claiming that conservatives use a wider range of moral foundations in political thought than left-wingers.... read more »
From: Magistra et Mater on 10 October 2016

Mystery Monday: Haelgugur

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet.... read more »

Early Christian Traditions: Creating a Place in the World

Over the next six weeks a series of lunchtime talks, a collaboration between Sheffield Cathedral and the University of Sheffield, is taking... read more »
From: Turbulent Priests on 10 October 2016

Duking it out

Vincent de Beauvais, Miroir Historial [Speculum historiale], traduction française par Jean de Vignay. vol. II. (Livres VII-XI) Source: gallica.bnf.fr... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 10 October 2016

Getting out of a deep hole

1° « Les Croniques que OROSIUS compila… », histoire universelle ; 2° « Les anciennes Histoires des Romains » Source:... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 10 October 2016

Not Subtle; Not Quaint

by Sonja Drimmerand Damian FlemingThere is a particularly harrowing scene in Mad Men, when Don Draper—the advertising executive at the center... read more »
From: In the Middle on 10 October 2016

Manchester Dress and Textile Discussion Group Programme 2016-17

All meetings are 5-6pm, and are held in Seminar Room 1, The Graduate Suite, Ellen Wilkinson Building, unless otherwise stated.17th Nov 2016: Charles Farris... read more »
From: Manchester Medieval Society on 9 October 2016

Beowulf vs the Dragon: A Student Doodle Edition

For a bonus question on one of my Old English literature exams, my students used their artistic talents to draw scenes from the concluding fight in... read more »
From: Dutch Anglo-Saxonist on 9 October 2016

New Content on Our Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

The British Library's Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to discover the richness and diversity of medieval... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 9 October 2016

Proserpina and Pluto

Evrart de Conty, Le livre des échecs amoureux moralisés Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 8 October 2016