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

An onomastic calendar: November

Here’s the full monthly calendar of our #OnThisDay posts on twitter: November 1: Empress Mathilda was deposed as Lady of the English in 1141. November... read more »

I seem to be writing another book

Not right now, I admit; right now I am doggedly trying to clear any research time at all between the marking, lecture preparation, training and rewriting... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 30 November 2015

Word of the Month: Lit

The recent windy Welsh weather has certainly made staying in bed an attractive proposition this week! That got us wondering about what the Anglo-Norman... read more »
From: Anglo-Norman words on 30 November 2015

Dragon breath

Le roman d’Alexandre, partie en vers de dix syllabes, partie en vers de douze Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, 3472,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 30 November 2015

Gautier de Metz

L’Image du monde, en prose, par GAUTIER DE METZ. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 29 November 2015

Synchronized battle horses

Histoire du siège et de la destruction de Troie, compilée d’après DABÈS le Phrygien et DICTYS de Crète. Source:... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 29 November 2015

Parti-colored message

Histoire du siège et de la destruction de Troie, compilée d’après DABÈS le Phrygien et DICTYS de Crète. Source:... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 29 November 2015

Villard’s drapery

Villard de Honnecourt, Album de dessins et croquis. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 29 November 2015

Wheel of Fortune

Les « Histoires Roger », ou Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César, composée par un clerc sous les auspices du châtelain... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 29 November 2015

'Swa leaf on treowum'

Wynter wakeneth al my care, Nou this leves waxeth bare; Ofte I sike ant mourne sare When hit cometh in my thoght Of this worldes joie, hou hit goth al... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 28 November 2015

Hercules kills another giant

Les « Histoires Roger », ou Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César, composée par un clerc sous les auspices du châtelain... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 28 November 2015

In Defence of 'Monks on the Make': Glastonbury, Lies, and Legends

A story has been going around the British media this past week, springing from some new archaeological research which has been conducted at Glastonbury... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 27 November 2015

Lot’s Wife

Les « Histoires Roger », ou Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César, composée par un clerc sous les auspices du châtelain... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 27 November 2015

Dividing the Light and the Darkness

Les « Histoires Roger », ou Histoire ancienne jusqu’à César, composée par un clerc sous les auspices du châtelain... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 27 November 2015

Seminar CLXV: class warfare in ninth-century Saxony—or not

We now push on through my awful backlog to 19th November 2014, which was a great day because on it I was able to walk into the Institute of Historical... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 26 November 2015

NaNoWriMo: Names as signals

In our previous post on naming characters in historical fiction, we illustrated different positions authors can take on the spectrum from wholly authentic... read more »

Longhand

Vies de Saints. LONGHAND Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, NAL 2262, p. 18. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 26 November 2015

What if Shakespeare DID write Old English?

Whenever I tell people I study and teach Old English, they react by feeding me their favourite lines of Shakespeare, noting that it is very difficult indeed:... read more »
From: Dutch Anglo-Saxonist on 26 November 2015

Adding to the Law of the Goths once the Goths were gone

Joan Vilaseca has just mentioned, in comments on the post before last, an instance from Carolingian Catalonia where the pope was called on to amend the... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 26 November 2015

Discovering Visigothic Manuscripts at the British Library

How to introduce something that should not require an introduction? It was the year 1878 when the then British Museum acquired a collection of fourteen... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 26 November 2015

Seminar CLXIV: how a seventh-century ship was built, and then abandoned

You may remember, a long time ago, before this blog even, when the powers-that-be in the modern city of Istanbul decided it was time to expand the metro... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 24 November 2015

DMNES goes to Bolzano

Dr. Sara L. Uckelman, editor-in-chief, and Dr. Joel Uckelman, chief technical guru, will be giving talks on the Dictionary and Digital Humanities at the... read more »

Liturgy, coins and buried saints in 870s Barcelona: Bishop Frodoí of Barcelona reexamined

I’m sorry as usual about the gap between posts here; my excuse this time, apart from the treadmill of lecture preparation (which is actually teaching... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 24 November 2015

Beware the Sybil's Prophecy!

The Prophecy of the Tenth Sibyl, a medieval best-seller, surviving in over 100 manuscripts from the 11th to the 16th century, predicts, among other things,... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 24 November 2015

Review of book on Trecento song texts

My review of  Lauren McGuire Jennings’s book on Trecento song texts has just been published. Many of you can get this through your library... read more »
From: Elizabeth Eva Leach on 23 November 2015

The Witch Girl, Medieval Churches and 25 Things about the Vikings

This week's medieval news round up... [View the story "The Witch Girl, Medieval Churches and 25 Things about the Vikings" on Storify]Our photo of the week... read more »
From: Medieval News on 23 November 2015

Assumption of St. John

Contient : 1° « Li Prologues de livre del miracles Nostre Dame sainte Marie », de « GAUTIER DE COINSI » ; 2° « La... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 22 November 2015

New to the Treasures Gallery

As frequent visitors to the British Library will know, we regularly make changes to the items displayed to the public in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery,... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 21 November 2015

Land ahoy! Words for naval navigation in medieval England

    This month’s word of the month is ‘Lodmanage’, which is a word meaning ‘navigation’, taken from the domain... read more »
From: Medieval Bilingual England on 20 November 2015

staff

staff noun, staves (plural) In Old English stæf means both ‘staff’ or ‘stick’ and also an individual alphabetic character. ... read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 20 November 2015

Some early maps of Lincolnshire

This post is primarily intended to share images of some of the interesting early maps of Lincolnshire that still exist, dating from the medieval era through... read more »
From: Caitlin Green on 19 November 2015

Anglo-Saxon Digitisation Project Now Underway

The British Library possesses the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts in the world. Many of these manuscripts are already available via our Digitised... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 19 November 2015

St Hilda and Hidden Gold

St Hilda (Worcester Cathedral) Today is the feast of St Hilda, abbess of Whitby, who died on 17 November 680. Born into a royal family in the north of... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 17 November 2015

Beauty of the Bestiaries

As David Attenborough once observed, ‘Animals were the first thing that human beings drew. Not plants. Not landscapes. Not even themselves. But Animals’... read more »
From: Dr Sarah Peverley on 17 November 2015

Upcoming Event: The Sea Born(e) State: Empires and the Sea in the Late Middle Ages

Thursday 26 November, 6pm Samuel Alexander Room A115, University of Manchester The Sea Born(e) State: Empires and the Sea in the Late Middle AgesA discussion... read more »
From: Manchester Medieval Society on 17 November 2015

Piecing Together the Puzzle of the Hungerford Hours

Cataloguing a manuscript often demands a little detective work, and even more so when the original book is no longer intact. An important 14th-century... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 17 November 2015

Clubbing hybrid

Histoire du Saint-Graal, et Histoire de Merlin, par ROBERT DE BORON. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 16 November 2015

Flaming Martyrs

La Vie des sainz Peres Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 1038, fol. 22r.... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 16 November 2015

St. John the Hermit

La Vie des sainz Peres Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 1038, fol. 11v. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 16 November 2015

a gathering

by J J Cohen1.Dispatch from the front lines of BABEL. Read the post. Support the movement.2.Sitting in a coffee shop while daughter is at Hebrew school.... read more »
From: In the Middle on 15 November 2015

NaNoWriMo: Balancing truth and accessibility

In our first post on this month’s monthly topic, we discussed two easy ways in which authors of historical fiction can improve the historicity of... read more »

Alpha and Omega

Anicii Manlii Boëtii Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 6401, fol. 158v. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 15 November 2015

Consolatione

Anicii Manlii Boëtii de consolatione philosophiae libri quinque Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 15 November 2015

Pleated robes

Evangiles. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 14782, fol. 16v. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 15 November 2015

Pentecostal Chorus Line

Sacramentarium Leodiense ad usum Sancti Bertini monasterii accommodatum. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 15 November 2015

Dance of the Magi

Sacramentarium Leodiense ad usum Sancti Bertini monasterii accommodatum. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 15 November 2015

Heavenly messenger

Sacramentarium Leodiense ad usum Sancti Bertini monasterii accommodatum. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 15 November 2015

Te Igitur

Sacramentarium Leodiense ad usum Sancti Bertini monasterii accommodatum. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 15 November 2015

Chimera

This manuscript has a number of fine examples of chimera in the borders. Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 14 November 2015