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Poirot Project: The Disappearance of Mr Davenheim (review)

This post is part of my 2016 Poirot Project. You can read the full story of why I’m doing this in my Introduction post. The previous post was a review... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 1 April 2016

Fool’s Paradise

It’s that time of the year when lambs frolic in the fields, British summertime begins, and people play practical jokes on their friends. Of course, the... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 1 April 2016

An onomastic calendar: March

March 1: Louis the Pious was restored as Holy Roman Emperor in 834. March 2: Dirk VI becomes count of Holland in 1121. March 3: Dutch theologian Gijsbert... read more »

Hug A Medievalist Day 2016

by JONATHAN HSYIt’s HERE!It’s International Hug A Medievalist Day!Since 2011, this holiday has offered people a chance to express their love... read more »
From: In the Middle on 31 March 2016

Six years of hunting demons...

Today marks a bit of an anniversary - a boundary - a turning point. As of today I have 'officially' been studying medieval graffiti for six years. Six... read more »

Arthurian Names: Kay/Kai/Cai/Cei

By Howard Pyle – http://www.oldbookart.com/2008/08/25/howard-pyle-king-arthur-and-his-knights/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18494735... read more »

Feral Founders, make way for Feral Foundlings

Jusepe de Ribera, Adoration of the Shepherds (1650)by KARL STEEL“The more strange it was to read in a previously-mentioned article by Huxley the... read more »
From: In the Middle on 30 March 2016

A Theory under Siege

You may recall that some time ago I recorded that I had been reading David Bachrach’s Warfare in Tenth-Century Germany as part of my ongoing reworking... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 30 March 2016

Seeking Worldly Things: the Ninth-Century Constantine the Great

Early medieval western European societies were characterised by an intrinsic tension, sometimes latent but never resolved, between the domains... read more »
From: Turbulent Priests on 29 March 2016

Poirot Project: The Cornish Mystery (review)

This post is part of my 2016 Poirot Project. You can read the full story of why I’m doing this in my Introduction post. The previous post was a review... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 29 March 2016

Fox est

Le Roman de Renart. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français 1580, fol. 85r. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 29 March 2016

Mystery Monday: Imiya

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 »

Al-Idrisi's twelfth-century map and description of eastern England

The aim of this post is simply to share an interesting mid-twelfth-century map and description of eastern England compiled by the great Muslim scholar... read more »
From: Caitlin Green on 28 March 2016

Updated List of Digitised Manuscripts’ Hyperlinks

What are these Easter bunnies (or hares) hurrying towards? Detail of hares, from Roman de la Rose, France, c. 1325-1375, Add MS 31840, f. 3 An updated... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 28 March 2016

The Hwicce of Rutland? Some intriguing names from the East Midlands

The following post offers a little idle speculation on those names from the East Midlands that make reference to the Hwicce, an Anglo-Saxon people who... read more »
From: Caitlin Green on 26 March 2016

Black turbans

« Le Livre de la chace », par « GASCON PHEBUS », comte de Foix. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 26 March 2016

Literacy: Words and Pictures: The Index

  Just another list of previous blog posts on a theme. I guess it ties the books/paleography and the material/culture/heritage strands together. That's... read more »
From: Dianne's Medieval Writing on 26 March 2016

Hares

« Le Livre de la chace », par « GASCON PHEBUS », comte de Foix. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 26 March 2016

Notre Dame de Paris

« La Fleur des histoires ». Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 26 March 2016

Alchemical texts written and copied in 15th century England – how many survive?

A simple question, with a full answer beyond the scope of a mere blog post. Nevertheless I find the question interesting as a way of roughly gauging the... read more »
From: distillatio on 25 March 2016

Teaching the Passion to the Anglo-Saxons: An early medieval comic strip in the St Augustine Gospels

As Easter is drawing near, this blog post deals with a unique early medieval manuscript that reveals how missionaries around the year 600 tried to teach... read more »
From: Dutch Anglo-Saxonist on 25 March 2016

Sorting out the works of Gautier d’Espinal

Wikipedia’s list of Gautier’s works looked a bit thin to me, so I’ve edited the page (fingers crossed the edits persist!) This morning,... read more »
From: Elizabeth Eva Leach on 25 March 2016

Poirot Project: The Lost Mine (review)

This post is part of my 2016 Poirot Project. You can read the full story of why I’m doing this in my Introduction post. The previous post was a review... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 25 March 2016

Poirot Project: The Veiled Lady (review)

This post is part of my 2016 Poirot Project. You can read the full story of why I’m doing this in my Introduction post. The previous post was a review... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 25 March 2016

Poirot Project: Peril at End House (review)

This post is part of my 2016 Poirot Project. You can read the full story of why I’m doing this in my Introduction post. The previous post was a review... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 25 March 2016

Holy cobblers

Saint Crépin et Saint Crépinien. « La Fleur des histoires ». Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 25 March 2016

Choir

« La Fleur des histoires ». Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 25 March 2016

La Forteresse de la foi

La Forteresse de la foi, par Alphonse DE SPINA ; traduction française de Pierre RICHART, dit LOISELET, curé de Marques. Source: gallica.bnf.fr... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 25 March 2016

Courtier Hats

Recueil des droits, franchises, libertés et privilèges donnés par Louis XI aux clercs, notaires et secrétaires du Roi. (1482).... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 25 March 2016

Cannon assault

Anciennes chroniques d’Angleterre , Jean de Wavrin. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 25 March 2016

Kassia: A Bold and Beautiful Byzantine Poet

It’s Women’s History Month and to celebrate we are running a series of posts about medieval women. Today’s focus is an enigmatic poet who lived in... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 25 March 2016

Digital humanities: Challenges, difficulties, reflections, and questions

Last night on Twitter over at We The Humanities we got onto the subject of collaboration, in particular digital humanities collaborations, and some of... read more »

Language Deprivation II: Past Babel and the Communal Care of Culture

by KARL STEELSolothurn history Bible 36vPart I: Babel[let me take this reference to BABEL to start off this post (4,000 words!) to call for donations to... read more »
From: In the Middle on 24 March 2016

'This doubtful day of feast or fast': Good Friday and the Annunciation

Annunciation and Crucifixion, from BL Add. 18850, f. 204v This year Good Friday falls on Lady Day, the feast of the Annunciation. This is a rare occurrence... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 23 March 2016

Arthurian names: Ector

By Howard Pyle – http://www.oldbookart.com/2008/08/25/howard-pyle-king-arthur-and-his-knights/, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18494738... read more »

A Toppled Castle

I’m sorry, there’s been more marking, I’m not sure another explanation for the pause is necessary… As a result I continue trotting... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 23 March 2016

Baking Cakes and Puddings – 1833 Style

For the past few months, I’ve been doing some research into the history of the Chorlton-on-Medlock area of South Manchester for a couple of organizations.... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 22 March 2016

A Double Dip Canonisation: The Case of Christine de Pizan

© The British Library Board: London, British Library, Harley MS 4431, fol. 107r – Women Reading together in the Epistre Othea Is Christine... read more »

Two Crucifixes and the Norman Conquest

In my column for History Today this month, I've written about a church in Oxfordshire which has two incredible surviving Anglo-Saxon sculptures: two roods,... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 22 March 2016

Mystery Monday: Hablo

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 »

WoM: 'Easter' or 'Pasche'

Before the AND starts its well-deserved Easter break, let’s have a look at the word - Easter - in its medieval context of multilingual England. While... read more »
From: Anglo-Norman words on 21 March 2016

cadence

cadence (noun) In medieval Latin prose cursus composition, cadences are the patterns of long and short vowels in words and phrases at the ends of... read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 21 March 2016

King John 800 - a 3 day conference in Dublin Castle, 8-10 September 2016

This autumn will mark the 800th anniversary of the death of King John and, to commemorate the occasion, a major conference will be held in Dublin. Leading... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 21 March 2016

Retired armor

Anciennes chroniques d’Angleterre , Jean de Wavrin. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 21 March 2016

Jardin fleuri du Chevalier de la Tour

« Livre intitulé du Chevallier de la Tour, qui fut fait pour l’enseignement des femmes mariées et à marier » Source:... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 21 March 2016

Shadows and a few rocks

Roman de Mélusine, en vers français, attribué à Couldrette. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 21 March 2016

Measuring the night sky

Oronce Fine, L’art et manière de trouver certainement la longitude de tous lieux sur la Terre par le cours et mouvement de la Lune et La composition... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 21 March 2016

Craft in Medieval and Early Modern England

John Rylands Library, Deansgate2 June 2016This one-day conference will consider different ways in which the term ‘craft’ helps us to think... read more »
From: Manchester Medieval Society on 20 March 2016

Patronymic bynames in medieval Western Europe

Today’s topic is one suggested to us via conversations on twitter, sparked by this fascinating map (found here) of the meanings of the most popular... read more »

Gotta Love Antiquarians

  The other day I was excavating some archaeological deposits in a bottom drawer and found some yellowing notes I had taken years ago from William... read more »
From: Dianne's Medieval Writing on 20 March 2016