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DISPATCH from the Front Lines of BABEL: MLA Subconference, Steering Comm. Elections & More!

Dear BABEL-ers and Friends of BABEL, This is a quick message from your friendly neighborhood BABEL Steering Committee about three important items. (If... read more »
From: In the Middle on 13 November 2015

Visions of Paradise

It is our great pleasure to announce that the British Library’s exquisite copy of Dante’s Divina Commedia is on display at the National Gallery in... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 13 November 2015

Sounding the Resurrection

Grandes heures de Rohan Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 9471, fol. 154r. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 12 November 2015

Crimson vaults

Grandes heures de Rohan Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 9471, fol. 25r. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 12 November 2015

Judging a Book by its Cover

What a clever device the book is. It is compact and light, yet contains hundreds of pages that hold an incredible amount of information. Moving... read more »
From: medievalbooks on 11 November 2015

Babel diving

Grandes heures de Rohan Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 9471, fol.  23v. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 11 November 2015

The Romance of Apollonius of Tyre

Harry Leigh Douglas Ward worked in the Department of Manuscripts at the British Museum for 44 years from 1849, two years after he graduated from Oxford,... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 11 November 2015

So you want to write historical fiction…

Our monthly topic this month, inspired by all the people out there participating in NaNoWriMo, is the handling of names when writing historical fiction.... read more »

“Shakestime” (On Method)

by Julian Yates[Julian presented this piece recently at the Folger. I've been collaborating with him recently for a forthcoming punctum book, Object Oriented... read more »
From: In the Middle on 9 November 2015

Ramsey the Rich

At the end of September I visited Ramsey, a small Fenland town which was once the site of a great medieval abbey. It's about thirty miles north-west of... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 8 November 2015

poesie and poetrie

poesie and poetrie, both nouns Glending Olson, in his 1979 essay ‘Making and Poetry in the Age of Chaucer’, showed that poetry in the later... read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 8 November 2015

Caption Competition 4

We know you've all been waiting for another caption competition! Today's contender comes from a manuscript made in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem at the... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 7 November 2015

Seminar CLXIII: doctors in one place, lords in many

Since 1984 (I understand) there has been a peripatetic seminar series shared between the medievalists of the universities of Chester, Keele, Lancaster,... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 6 November 2015

The Lampeter Chasuble

When I arrived here as Chaplain to the University Campus in Lampeter in May, I had no idea what riches awaited me.  The Chapel has a wonderful collection... read more »
From: Medieval Church Art on 6 November 2015

Unicorns, Selfies and How to Joust like a Knight: News for Medievalists

The latest medieval news we discovered in our online ramblings...[View the story "Unicorns, Selfies and How to Joust like a Knight: News for Medievalists"... read more »
From: Medieval News on 5 November 2015

A V.I.P.O.W. (Very Important Prisoner of War)

Last Sunday was the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, a key English victory over the French in the Hundred Years War. We’re very lucky here... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 5 November 2015

Magna Carta World Tour

Members of the team have been flying the Magna Carta Project flag across the globe this autumn, as part of a Foreign Office programme of events commemorating... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 4 November 2015

Worcester Rental Acquired by the British Library

The British Library holds one of the largest collections of medieval monastic records from the British Isles. And we have just added to that, with the... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 3 November 2015

Running with Mary; or Against the Agon

a guest post by Sharon O' Dair[Sharon presented this piece at the recent BABEL conference in Toronto in a session on "The Sweaty Scholar." We're honored... read more »
From: In the Middle on 2 November 2015

The Pietà and the Mystic: Devotional Objects and Performative Identity in The Book of Margery Kempe

In chapter 60 of The Book of Margery Kempe (c.1436-8), Margery is in Norwich when she meets a lady who wishes to take her for dinner. ‘As honest... read more »

Thomas Phillipps and Alfred Chester Beatty

Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968) was one of the great manuscript collectors of the 20th century. His collections now form the basis of the Chester... read more »

The testimony of no cleric… sorry, no *layman*.

Just yesterday I came across this manuscript, and thought it so exciting to deserve a quick blog post (this one’s a bit more ‘technical’... read more »
From: Turbulent Priests on 1 November 2015

Publishers, copyright and the prevention of research-led teaching: a thought experiment

Being a year behind with the blog means, naturally, that things linked to the academic year come round again as I get as far as blogging about them, and... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 1 November 2015