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A Calendar Page for May 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 May, with decorative border... read more »

What’s a ‘traditional marriage’ then? Thoughts on the Marriage Referendum.

Ireland is about to vote on whether or not gay citizens should have the same marriage rights as heterosexual ones. I am an historian of Irish marriage... read more »
From: medievalgill on 30 April 2015

Hugues de St. Victor

S. Gregorius Magnus Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 30 April 2015

Grammaticulis

From: Manuscript Art on 30 April 2015

The Seven Sages

Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 30 April 2015

The 1934 Runnymede Pageant

In June 1934 a major historical pageant was held on the water-meadow at Runnymede, to raise money for local hospitals and charities. Advertised as a celebration... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 30 April 2015

Nothing Has Yet Been Said: On the Non-Existence of Academic Freedom and the Necessity of Inoperative Communities

Figure 1. still image from Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) by EILEEN JOYAs promised, here now is the more full text of the paper I delivered... read more »
From: In the Middle on 29 April 2015

On footnotes, references and endnotes

It seems to be a commonly held belief that having references1 in your work, or indeed footnotes in the text itself, puts normal people off reading the... read more »
From: distillatio on 29 April 2015

'Ac ich alle blisse mid me bringe'

When the nyhtegale singes, The wodes waxen grene, Lef ant gras ant blosme springes In Averyl, Y wene... So says a famous Middle English love poem, telling... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 29 April 2015

Gregory

S. Gregorius Magnus I, papa, Moralia in Job. XIII. S. Gregorius Magnus I, papa, Moralia in Job . Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 29 April 2015

The Middle Ages are Not 'Medieval' and more medieval news

This week's roundup of news for medievalists...[View the story "The Middle Ages are Not 'Medieval' and more medieval news" on Storify] read more »
From: Medieval News on 29 April 2015

'A stranger to the shining skies, / Lost as a dying flame'

The Apostasy One star Is better far Than many precious stones; One sun, which is by its own lustre seen, Is worth ten thousand golden thrones; A juicy... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 28 April 2015

Divine Women: Respectability Politics and the Nun

by KARL STEEL Chart from Besserman[read Eileen first if you haven't yet!; same for Ta-Nehisi Coates, here]If you teach Chaucer, you read more »
From: In the Middle on 28 April 2015

Cackling hens, trumpeting elephants, twittering sparrows – the many uses of Anglo Norman ‘braire’

These days, modern English speakers tend to use the word bray to exclusively refer to the sound that a donkey or mule makes, e.g. “the mule in the... read more »
From: Medieval Bilingual England on 28 April 2015

Word of the Month: Penthouse

Some Modern English words have a linguistic history that is straightforward to follow: formally, they have a transparent etymology, and semantically, they... read more »
From: Anglo-Norman words on 28 April 2015

What next?

We’ve hit our biggest milestone, but rather than sitting on our laurels, we’re already looking to the future. Here’s a brief summary... read more »

Generosity and Avarice

Recueil factice compos read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 28 April 2015

An 'Additional' Round Table Celebration

The illuminated manuscripts staff held a small celebration on Thursday read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 28 April 2015

Dies Natales

Dr. Sara L. Uckelman, editor-in-chief, and the members of the editorial, design, and technical team are pleased to announce the publication of the first... read more »

I’m pleased a couple of my castings look like the originals they are based on

All I did was carve the stone mould based on the period design and I made what is probably the same mistake that the original mould maker did, in that... read more »
From: My medieval foundry on 27 April 2015

My book reviewed by Speculum

The most recent edition of the medieval journal, read more »
From: Meny Snoweballes on 27 April 2015

Decorative Titles

S. Gregorius Magnus I, papa, Moralia in Job. XIII. S. Gregorius Magnus I, papa, Moralia in Job . Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 27 April 2015

Dragon with curls

Herodotus Halicarnassensis, Historiae , traduit par Laurenzo Valla . Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 27 April 2015

Beak treats

Plutarchus, Vitae illustrium virorum . Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 27 April 2015

The Connection of Desire to Reality Possesses Revolutionary Force: Going to Harvard

by EILEEN JOYBelieve that what is productive is not sedentary but nomadic. Do not think that one has to be sad in order to be militant, even though the... read more »
From: In the Middle on 26 April 2015

The Dark Side

Cassianus, De institutis coenobiorum Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 26 April 2015

Trompe-l

Cassianus, De institutis coenobiorum Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 26 April 2015

Cow skull in arms

Cassianus, De institutis coenobiorum Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 26 April 2015

Red Edge

Sacramentarium cisterciense. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 26 April 2015

Henry Tyrel, outlaw

In this blog post, as promised, I will be talking about Henry Tyrel, an outlaw whose execution I mentioned in my previous post. I also mentioned Henry... read more »
From: Irish Plea Rolls on 26 April 2015

The Paston Letters Go Live

The collection known as the Paston Letters is one of the largest archives of 15th-century English private correspondence, comprising about 1000 letters... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 26 April 2015

Scribe with column

vita sancti Martialis, discipuli Christi : authore Aureliano, successore illius atque discipulo. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 25 April 2015

Double U

SERVUS vita sancti Martialis, discipuli Christi : authore Aureliano, successore illius atque discipulo. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 25 April 2015

Parchment hole

From: Manuscript Art on 25 April 2015

Marginal matters

From: Manuscript Art on 25 April 2015

King John's Last Will and Testament

Did you know that the oldest surviving original English royal will is on display in our Magna Carta exhibition? And that it was written on behalf of King... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 25 April 2015

Damned If You Do: (Not) Talking About Rape

Headmaster’s House, King’s Manor, York This week I was lucky enough to go back to my alma mater, York, to give a paper on rape and patriarchy... read more »
From: Meny Snoweballes on 24 April 2015

Rare Medieval Name Tags

A word of warning: this post may make you want to weep. Last week I blogged about tiny pieces of parchment, paper birch bark, and wood... read more »
From: medievalbooks on 24 April 2015

Reburying Anglo-Saxon Kings

I'm just written another blog post for the BBC History website, History Extra, about the various fates which befell the bodies of Anglo-Saxon kings after... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 23 April 2015

The Forms of Middle English Drama

Must look at the drama, must look at the drama. read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 23 April 2015

Attending the York Neuroscience Symposium: A medievalist treading new ground

Purkinje cell and dendritic tree, rat cerebellar cortex. Ha?usser, Michael; Rieubland, Sarah.; University College, London My project, ‘Neurodegenerative... read more »
From: The Scribe Unbound on 23 April 2015

Leafy P

vita sancti Martialis, discipuli Christi : authore Aureliano, successore illius atque discipulo. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Biblioth read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 23 April 2015

Golden peacock

Evang read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 23 April 2015

xpistus

Petrus Berchorius, Repertorium morale sive Dictionarium . read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 23 April 2015

John Wilkes and Magna Carta

As curators of the British Library's major Magna Carta exhibition, we're often asked how we've managed to bring to life the story of what one British government... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 23 April 2015

Cry 'God for Simon, England, and St George'? The First Sighting of England's Patron Saint

Saint George Killing the Dragonby Bernat Martorell (1434/5) You might have noticed a theme in recent Features and blogs: banners, battle-flags and heraldry.... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 22 April 2015

Ointments and Potions

We have recently published to Digitised Manuscripts Sloane MS 345, a Dutch scientific manuscript of the early 16th century containing a cornucopia of scientific... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 22 April 2015

OUT NOW: She-Wolf: A Cultural History of Female Werewolves (Manchester University Press, 2015)

edited by Hannah PriestShe-Wolf explores the cultural history of the female werewolf, from her first appearance in medieval literature to recent incarnations... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 21 April 2015

Brigitte Resl Lecture

Joint meeting of the Manchester Medieval Society and Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies Thursday 23rd April 2015, 6pmNoah read more »
From: Manchester Medieval Society on 21 April 2015

Thanet, Tanit and the Phoenicians: Place-Names, Archaeology and Pre-Roman Trading Settlements in Eastern Kent?

Recent work suggests that the name of the easternmost part of Kent, the Isle of Thanet, is one that is of considerable potential interest, potentially... read more »
From: Caitlin Green on 21 April 2015