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A Calendar Page for August 2014

For more information about the Huth Hours, please see our post A Calendar Page for January 2014. Agricultural labours continue in these two calendar pages... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 1 August 2014

"Vous êtes joignable"

Happy arrivalHere is Eleanor perching on the front stoop of our house in Courbevoie (still on the Metro line but definitely a marvelous world apart from... read more »
From: Medieval Meets World on 31 July 2014

Apocalypse Cover!

The Apocalypse in the Early Middle Ages is nearing completion! There is now a sleek, no-nonsense cover featuring Judgement Day from the Bamberg Apocalypse... read more »
From: merovingianworld on 31 July 2014

Should We Believe in the Agential Object? Magic Rocks.

Boyda Johnstone captured well the panel's intensityby J J Cohen[read Boyda Johnstone's great post on Twitter first]In addition to the glacier hike / roundtables... read more »
From: In the Middle on 31 July 2014

In Marca Hispanica XXII: how hard can it be to get at an actual charter?

Not all of the apparently many things I did in May of last year were in Oxford, however much it might seem that way. I actually managed to squeeze a short... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 31 July 2014

Most men are not Kants

The title of this post isn't a misspelling, but an early attempt at answering an important question: why do patriarchal systems change? If a patriarchal... read more »
From: Magistra et Mater on 31 July 2014

This is How Academics Dress: Why Clothes Make More Than The Man

Serious Academic At Work. Last night I sat painting my nails neon blue and pink, and idly speculated on twitter about what attire was expected of academics.... read more »
From: Meny Snoweballes on 30 July 2014

A Palaeographer’s Adventures in Programming (1)

I’ve been lax in updating my blog this summer, mainly due to the physical, intellectual and emotional demands of the conference season. However,... read more »
From: The Scribe Unbound on 30 July 2014

Gregory of Tours and the Demons of Alternative Medicine

When I started off this post it was towards the end of some weeks re-reading Lewis Thorpe’s translation of the Ten Books of Histories of Bishop Gregory... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 30 July 2014

Colorful Capitals

Lectionarium missae et officii ad usum monasterii Montis Majoris. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 30 July 2014

Initial hierarchy

S. Hieronymus Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 1851, fol. 13r. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 30 July 2014

Wings in the wind

Sacramentaire de l’égl. de Verdun. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 18005, fol. 89v. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 30 July 2014

Between golden knots

Sacramentaire de l’égl. de Verdun. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 18005, fol. 74r. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 30 July 2014

Who Gets a Voice on Twitter?

by Boyda Johnstone (@BoydaJosa), a PhD Candidate in the Department of English at Fordham University. A few months ago, medieval twitter blew up. In a... read more »
From: In the Middle on 29 July 2014

St Olaf in England

When Óláfr Haraldsson, King of Norway, was killed in battle on 29 July 1030, fighting against his own people, he was almost immediately hailed as a saint,... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 29 July 2014

Seminar CLXXVIII: comparing post-Roman European uplands

May 2013 seems to have been a busy month in Oxford for seminars and the like, despite my attempt at daily posting I seem still to be fourteen months behind... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 29 July 2014

Approaching Posthumanism and the Posthuman

by J J CohenI've promised to share the CFP for this conference, and so, I am sharing. It would be great to have a substantial medieval and early modern... read more »
From: In the Middle on 28 July 2014

A Chess Allegory

One of my summer holiday reads is the mid-fifteenth-century allegory The Court of Sapience.  It’s not the most appealing title, and the poem is not... read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 28 July 2014

An alternative manifesto for this blog

“If I could live in any decade, it would definitely be the 960s.” Probably as thinking humans you all read The Onion already and saw this when... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 28 July 2014

Medieval News Roundup: The Viking Facebook, drunken archaeologists, competitive jousting in Australia and ranting about Lancelot

The Verge takes a look at some of the interesting work being done by statistical physicists Ralph Kenna and Pádraig Mac Carron on medieval sources. Using... read more »
From: Medieval News on 28 July 2014

Seminar CLXXVII: conquering Egypt by the back door

After the sudden rush of major events lately described, the regular seminars in my incredible reporting backlog resumed on 13th May 2013 with Dr Philip... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 27 July 2014

The Battle of Bouvines, 27 July 1214

The Battle of Bouvines, in BL Royal  MS. 16 G VI f.379 The Battle of Bouvines, fought on 27 July 1214, was one of the most influential battles in European... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 27 July 2014

Building states on the Iberian frontier, V: what lords and peasants did in Catalonia

I hope that this again delayed conclusion to the series of posts in which I try and work out my position on the importance of different agencies in frontier... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 26 July 2014

OUT NOW: Prison Service Journal (July 2014, No. 214)

Special Edition: The Prison and the PublicContentsEditorial Comment: The Prison and the PublicDr Alana Barton and Dr Alyson BrownReview of ‘The Prison... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 26 July 2014

CFP: Manhood in Anglo-Saxon England

Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (MANCASS)Easter Conference 2015Hulme Hall, University of Manchester, UK7-9 April 2015Proposals for 20 minute... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 26 July 2014

CFP: Manhood in Anglo-Saxon England

Manchester Centre for Anglo-Saxon Studies (MANCASS)Easter Conference 2015Hulme Hall, University of Manchester, UK7-9 April 2015Proposals for 20 minute... read more »
From: Manchester Medieval Society on 26 July 2014

Medieval women and power

I'm interrupting a chronological survey of my conference going this year to give you a thematic post: I went to roundtables on medieval women and power... read more »
From: Magistra et Mater on 26 July 2014

Later water myths: early America

One would think that as the modern era approached, claims that people drank alcohol to avoid bad water would fall away. But in fact the same claim that... read more »
From: Les Leftovers on 26 July 2014

Guess the Manuscript XIV

As always, thanks are due to those of you who play along with every installment of our game Guess the Manuscript. It is becoming increasingly difficult... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 26 July 2014

A fascination with choirboys... and the bits Wiki never mentions

Following on from the last 'rant' about the mass dials, or scratch dials, I thought it worth expanding upon a couple of themes I touched upon earlier.... read more »

In the glacier cracks are rumbling: Ice at #NCS14

 by J J Cohen"Our projects cannot be lonely." I take that phrase from here, an ITM entry I composed hastily last February during a layover in Minneapolis.... read more »
From: In the Middle on 25 July 2014

Size Matters: Portable Medieval Manuscripts

By Irene O’Daly Medieval books were often expensive to produce, and usually the property of institutions. But some manuscripts were copied specifically... read more »
From: medievalfragments on 25 July 2014

'Restless longing, heavenly avarice, that never could be satisfied': Roads and Pilgrims

Since it's the feast of St James, by medieval tradition the patron of pilgrims, here's a miscellany of texts touching on pilgrimages, roads, and seeking. St... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 25 July 2014

Mermaids: The Lure of Sirens’ Song

If you shut your eyes and are a lucky one, you may see at times a shapeless pool of lovely pale colours suspended in the darkness; then if you squeeze... read more »
From: Dr Sarah Peverley on 25 July 2014

Looking for Byzantium in Spain at Oxford

Another event from the diminishing pile of things I have yet to report from when I was in Oxford is a one-day conference organised by some of the small... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 24 July 2014

Tournaments and Chivalry: Hugh Doherty on 'Making History'

Tournament scene from BL Add. MS. 12228 ff.214v-215 Hugh Doherty, of the Magna Carta Project, made an appearance this week on BBC Radio 4's Making History... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 24 July 2014

Choosing a Husband: Brains or Brawn, Money or Looks?

Career options for medieval women were limited. If they were lucky they could choose between getting married or entering a convent. For some, the latter... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 24 July 2014

Name in the Book Somewhere II

[This is a repost of a piece of one of the sticky news posts above, now unstuck and free to assume in its rightful place in the chronological scheme. I... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 23 July 2014

Bringing Scotland to Oxford: the O’Donnell Lectures for 2013

The medieval history of Britain outwith England is not terribly well covered at Oxford. I got into the habit of saying that by virtue of my appointment... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 23 July 2014

An interview with Deborah Harkness, author of The Book of Life

Deborah Harkness, professor of history at the University of Southern California, has just published the final novel in her All Souls Trilogy. It follows... read more »
From: Medieval News on 23 July 2014

A medieval magic mirror

This week’s extract is a brief description taken from a mid-fifteenth-century courtly poem (found only in Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Fairfax 16). ... read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 22 July 2014

'With springing tears to the spring of mercy': Anselm's Prayer to Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalen (St Winnow, Cornwall) 22 July is the feast of St Mary Magdalene - a major feast in medieval England, for which recorded names include 'the... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 22 July 2014

Time for Mass and kicking tradition up the arse.

The problem with spending quite so much time immersed in medieval graffiti is that, despite my very best intentions, it does tend to raise far more questions... read more »

Stepping outside

Biblia sacra [dite Bible de saint Louis] Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des Manuscrits, Latin 10426, fol. 134v. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 22 July 2014

D Odorant

Rhazes, Havi seu continens [Contenant de Rhazes], Faraj ben Salim interpretatio Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 22 July 2014

Conservation in the 17th Century

The ‘Mayerne manuscript’, Sloane MS 2052, is on display at the National Gallery’s exhibition Making Colour and is also available to view on Digitised... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 22 July 2014

Magna Carta mansion on sale for £3.95 million

The 17th century mansion that might mark the spot where Magna Carta was sealed, in 1215 Magna Carta Project Principal Investigator Nicholas Vincent was... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 21 July 2014

I should arguably be using newer software

Let’s have another post about processes. We’ve seen here before that my ways of handling my data in software are probably more than slightly... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 21 July 2014

Word of the month: 'ombre' and a botanical mystery!

A new word of the month to announce that the entries for O/U are now revised and online! To celebrate being finished, here's an account of one word that... read more »
From: Anglo-Norman words on 21 July 2014

Musical mnemonics

1.° Liber enchiriadis de musica : authore anonymo ; praemittuntur Honorii, Papae II. ad Matthaeum, Albanensem Episcopum, litterae pro monasterio Luxoviensi,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 21 July 2014