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Spring

Just a quick post to advertise a beautiful new book, which contains my translation of an extract from the Old English poem The Seafarer: it's called Spring:... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 19 February 2016

A Queenly Prologue & Epilogue

As I explained in a previous post, over New Year’s I stumbled upon a little-noticed prologue, uniquely preserved in London, British Library... read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 19 February 2016

Object Oriented Environs: Now in Print!

by J J CohenObject Oriented Environs is now in print.The volume offers a weird archive of an event that included bloody fountains, a seminar taking a sudden... read more »
From: In the Middle on 18 February 2016

Purity is a Proud Toad's Game, a Fable from Jacques de Vitry

La Fontaine, Book I, Fable 3. Chauveau illustrations, 1668.by KARL STEELWhile doing some philological noodling with the word "fabulous" (because what... read more »
From: In the Middle on 18 February 2016

Knights’ Knees

Anciennes chroniques d’Angleterre , Jean de Wavrin. Français 74 Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 18 February 2016

Hybrid in Hennin

Anciennes chroniques d’Angleterre , Jean de Wavrin. Français 74 Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 18 February 2016

Scribe’s quarters

« Miroir de la salvation humaine, que frere VINCENT DE BEAUVAIS, Jacobin,… jadis confesseur du roy de France Mgr. saint Loys, fist et compila... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 18 February 2016

Masc/Fem name pairs in early 15th C Paris

In this post, we do another concentrated look at a single data set, three tax rolls from Paris in 1421, 1423, and 1438. 370 distinct masculine names and... read more »

Tenure Tales

If anyone is interested in my tenure narrative....a month in the making, 45 pages long and counting...it may be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1awA7oyPjQNU1pDTk1rZWNyZDA/view?usp=sharing read more »
From: The Ruminate on 16 February 2016

CfP – ‘New perspectives on multilingualism in medieval England’  A one day symposium...

CfP – ‘New perspectives on multilingualism in medieval England’  A one day symposium to be held at Birmingham City University, ... read more »
From: Medieval Bilingual England on 16 February 2016

Joanna the Mad & Jheronimus Bosch

2016 is the 500th anniversary of the death of the Dutch painter Jheronimus Bosch (c. 1450-1516). The Noordbrabants Museum in s’Hertogenbosch (the city... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 16 February 2016

Knight Visions

« Miroir de la salvation humaine, que frere VINCENT DE BEAUVAIS, Jacobin,… jadis confesseur du roy de France Mgr. saint Loys, fist et compila... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 15 February 2016

L’arbre de Jesse

« Miroir de la salvation humaine, que frere VINCENT DE BEAUVAIS, Jacobin,… jadis confesseur du roy de France Mgr. saint Loys, fist et compila... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 15 February 2016

Lucifer et ses faulx complices

« Miroir de la salvation humaine, que frere VINCENT DE BEAUVAIS, Jacobin,… jadis confesseur du roy de France Mgr. saint Loys, fist et compila... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 15 February 2016

Bits of Bede. Or: Why Bede deserves his own museum

The news of the closure of Jarrow’s visitor attraction Bede’s World is disheartening. It was one of England’s very few museums solely... read more »
From: Dutch Anglo-Saxonist on 15 February 2016

What the Story of St Clare Doesn’t Tell

Although my degrees have been in Philosophy, Aesthetics and (latterly) in Environmental Science, I have written poetry all my life. I have been fortunate... read more »

Mystery Monday: Calamutius

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 »

Trying to work out practical recipes from 15th century English Alchemical poetry

This post brought to you courtesy of Anke Timmerman and the Knowledge unlatched consortium (https://twitter.com/KUnlatched) The tweet: https://twitter.com/guthrie_stewart/status/694623570245357569... read more »
From: distillatio on 14 February 2016

If you liked it you should have put a ring on it (subject to dowry negotiations, oh oh oh)

History Today have published A Medieval Valentine, a short article by yours truly about the Paston family and this wonderful letter of February 1477: ... read more »
From: Meny Snoweballes on 14 February 2016

A Grumpy Valentine

On Valentine’s Day, of course, a fifteenth-century Valentine’s ballade.  By coincidence, I found this one in the manuscript which preserves... read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 14 February 2016

What's With Medieval Tombs? Part 16 - Memorials in Glass

  So far in this series I have looked at medieval memorials that are essentially grave covers, at least in theory, although some of them depicted... read more »
From: Dianne's Medieval Writing on 14 February 2016

The Illustrated Guide to Medieval Love, Part II

Walking down your local high street over the past few weeks, you might have noticed some peculiar changes. Card shops have transformed into love-heart... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 14 February 2016

Thumbprints on Ghent counter-seal

The face to face interaction with centuries-old cultural artifacts is something I have become accustomed to. I’ve visited dozens or hundreds of Churches,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 13 February 2016

The Language of Anglo-Saxon Love

A long, long time ago, back in the early days of this blog (2011) I wrote two not-entirely-serious posts compiling some lists of Medieval Compliments and... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 13 February 2016

Masc/Fem names: When do they differ?

We mentioned in our previous post how Latin records are so nice for uniquely identifying the gender of the bearer of names — someone who is filius... read more »

Soft wax

I’ve been astounded to find thumbprints on the backside of seals before, but I never thought I’d see a depiction of the process as we see here.... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 13 February 2016

#WeAreAllBunnies

by J J CohenI am posting here in more enduring form a collation of thoughts I've been disseminating on Facebook and Twitter. The issue is an important... read more »
From: In the Middle on 13 February 2016

The Late Antique Little Ice Age Revisited (Climates of Crisis 2)

Much excitement: Late Antique climate change has been in the news this week! The evidence being put together by Ulf Büntgen and the Euro-Med2k Working... read more »
From: merovingianworld on 12 February 2016

Sealed the deal

« Miroir de la salvation humaine, que frere VINCENT DE BEAUVAIS, Jacobin,… jadis confesseur du roy de France Mgr. saint Loys, fist et compila... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 12 February 2016

The Earliest English Poet

Detail of later ploughmen with oxen, from a calendar, England, 11th century, Cotton MS Tiberius B V, f. 3r Today is the feast day of Caedmon, the first... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 11 February 2016

A brief note on Britons and wealhstodas

The following is just a very quick post about the historically interesting Old English word wealhstod, 'translator' or 'interpreter' (plural wealhstodas),... read more »
From: Caitlin Green on 11 February 2016

The Beauty of Whiteboards

This is one reason why I love my office. There are many wonderful things about having an academic office, but the thing that I love the most about... read more »
From: In Thirteenth Century England on 11 February 2016

David Carpenter unveils Bury St Edmunds sculpture

The Magna Carta Project's David Carpenter was recently called upon to help unveil a sculpture in Bury St Edmunds.'Our Liberty' commemorates the role of... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 10 February 2016

On the Trail of Some Missing Gospel Fragments

The Charm of Departmental Archives We all like and value readers’ enquiries. Although investigating old registers, departmental papers and minutes may... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 9 February 2016

Masc/fem names: Masculine forms of feminine names

Browsing through the Dictionary, you’ll find plenty of names whose origin is listed as simply “Fem. of [NAME]”, with a cross-reference... read more »

Big History and the Early Middle Ages

In December 2015, I went off to the LSE and heard Ian Morris give the first of his public lectures as the  Philippe Romain Chair in History and International... read more »
From: Magistra et Mater on 8 February 2016

Mystery Monday: Bohussius

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 »

30% off Elemental Ecocriticism, Stone and Prismatic Ecology

by J J CohenThough this flyer was specifically targeted to ASLE members, the discount code may be used by anyone to purchase three ecocritical book at... read more »
From: In the Middle on 7 February 2016

Transmission of alchemical ideas via travellers and books

Obviously alchemical ideas and practise had to be communicated between people, by word of mouth or writing. But we are lacking in information about a lot... read more »
From: distillatio on 6 February 2016

Caesar’s miniature army

Anciennes chroniques d’Angleterre , Jean de Wavrin. Français 74 Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 6 February 2016

The Pelican

« Li Volucraires, » ou poème moral sur les oiseaux, attribué à Omons L’Image du monde, par Gautier de Metz ; Fables... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 6 February 2016

You are Here

L’Image du monde, par Gautier de Metz ; Fables de Marie de France, etc. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 6 February 2016

Intercolumnar presence

Roman de Mélusine, en vers français, attribué à COULDRETTE et à JEAN D’ARRAS. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 6 February 2016

Les Curieux

Roman de Mélusine, en vers français, attribué à COULDRETTE et à JEAN D’ARRAS. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 6 February 2016

Dragon

Roman de Mélusine, en vers français, attribué à COULDRETTE et à JEAN D’ARRAS. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 6 February 2016

Wedding of Mélusine

Roman de Mélusine, en vers français, attribué à COULDRETTE et à JEAN D’ARRAS. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 6 February 2016

Medieval Library Rules

Today is National Libraries Day. Here's a guide to proper behaviour in the library. Rule No. 1: No Pets Please do not bring your pets to the library. That... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 6 February 2016

Seven Hours of the Passion

Moralités et opuscules ascétiques. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 5 February 2016

Philippe le Bon

Moralités et opuscules ascétiques. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 5 February 2016

Syllable counter

Moralités et opuscules ascétiques. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Français... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 5 February 2016