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How to Place "Humanities" Next to "Future" Without the Adjective "Dire" (or, Why Entry Level Courses Matter)

by J J CohenLast night we had twenty 12 year old girls in our house, screaming and eating pizza, popcorn and cake and having a dance contest. We live in... read more »
From: In the Middle on 10 April 2016

'That we may sing without ending'

Virgin and child (Medieval stained glass, Stowting, Kent) Regular readers of this blog will know that I have a soft spot for medieval carols, which -... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 10 April 2016

Une dame de grant biaute encontray

Sus le pis avoit .i. fermail Dor fin et desus .i. esmail Sus le quel une estoile avoit Qui grant clarte par tout getoit .I. coulon li yssoit du sain Qui... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 10 April 2016

In Marca Hispanica XXX: three castles in one day, part 3 – Tona

I haven’t done a very good job of explaining my itinerary on last year’s Catalonia trip, I realise, but I’ll remedy that next post but... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 9 April 2016

Poirot Project: The Adventure of the Cheap Flat (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 9 April 2016

Benjamin Thorpe: The Man Who Translated Almost All Old English Texts

Not much is known about Benjamin Thorpe (1782-1870), yet he was one of the first scholars to publish voluminous editions and translations of Old English... read more »
From: Dutch Anglo-Saxonist on 8 April 2016

Poirot Project: Double Sin (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 8 April 2016

A somewhat unexpected interpretation of Asser

I have one more thing I want to write about spinning out of David Bachrach’s Warfare in Tenth-Century Germany, and then he can rest and I will move... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 7 April 2016

Publication of Edition 2016, no. 2

We are pleased to announce the publication of Edition 2016, no. 2, which is now available at http://dmnes.org/. This edition adds 77 new entries, many... read more »

Pre-decorated parchment patch

Roman de Lancelot du Lac, Quête du S. Graal et Mort d’Artus, par GAUTIER MAP. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 7 April 2016

Crenellated crowd

Roman de Lancelot du Lac, Quête du S. Graal et Mort d’Artus, par GAUTIER MAP. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 7 April 2016

Everything’s Coming Up (Roman de la) Roses

Spring is in the air and April is upon us, so it is high time for a floral gift to our readers. Here it is: all 14 of our Roman de la Rose manuscripts... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 7 April 2016

The 'magic of an old house: giving up our secrets...

The house was old. Older than almost every other house in the village, and almost as old, some said, as the village itself. It was built at a time out... read more »

Upcoming Events: Duncan Sayer Lecture on 14 April

Adventus Saxonum: Migration, DNA and Identity in the Early Middle Ages2016 Joint Meeting of the Manchester Medieval Society and the Manchester Centre for... read more »
From: Manchester Medieval Society on 6 April 2016

"Biopolitics: Law, Life, Land, Love" at Crip Ecologies

Please join us this Thursday April 7 at 4:45 PM in the Jack Morton Auditorium (GW School of Media and Public Affairs, at the corner... read more »
From: GW MEMSI on 6 April 2016

In Marca Hispanica XXIX: three castles in one day, part two – Taradell

Returning to fortifications in higher places, you may remember that my reporting backlog was left hanging on the way down from the Castell de Gurb on the... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 6 April 2016

Arthurian Names: Merlin/Myrddin

Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=490614 We couldn’t cover names from Arthuriana without covering the name of arguably... read more »

Messenger – Special Delivery

The French army laid siege to the castle of Auberoche (Périgord) where a weakened English army became desperate for help. They sent a messenger... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 5 April 2016

Banner man

Anciennes chroniques d’Angleterre , Jean de Wavrin. Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits,... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 5 April 2016

The importance of good lute

Once again whilst distilling I was reminded of the importance of a good lute. That is, the stuff that serves to hold the glassware together, forming a... read more »
From: distillatio on 4 April 2016

Isidore of Seville's Etymologies: Who's Your Daddy?

Isidore of Seville died on this day in 636. Isidore, who was born in 560, was the bishop of Seville from about 600 to his death. He is better known, however,... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 4 April 2016

Mystery Monday: Jorath

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 »

Celebrating ‘Lady Day’ with Eleanor Percy’s Marian Devotion

Artist unknown © public domain March 25 is Lady Day, a traditional name in England for the Feast of the Annunciation. This feast commemorates Gabriel’s... read more »

Monkey bubbles

« Devises pour les tapisseries du Roy, où sont représentez les quatre Élémens et les quatre Saisons de l’année... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 4 April 2016

Domaine des grenouilles

« Devises pour les tapisseries du Roy, où sont représentez les quatre Élémens et les quatre Saisons de l’année... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 4 April 2016

Tooled border

« Devises pour les tapisseries du Roy, où sont représentez les quatre Élémens et les quatre Saisons de l’année... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 4 April 2016

Le Souffleur

« Devises pour les tapisseries du Roy, où sont représentez les quatre Élémens et les quatre Saisons de l’année... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 4 April 2016

What if Widukind was wrong about warfare?

I feel a little bad about returning to David Bachrach’s book Warfare in Tenth-Century Germany with my claws still out after his generous and lengthy... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 3 April 2016

Monthly topic for April, and a milestone

Due to a combination of not having gotten through all that many names last month — after all, we haven’t even discussed Merlin! — and... read more »

'When I see blossoms spring'

Iffley, Oxford When Y se blosmes springe, Ant here foules song, A suete love-longynge Myn herte thourhout stong, Al for a love newe That is so suete ant... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 3 April 2016

In Marca Hispanica XXVIII: three castles in one day, part one — Gurb again

I am now, whether I like it, pretty much a full year behind with reporting again, and this is not going to get better quickly because the last part of... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 2 April 2016

Where Did the Stones Go?

  In the course of pottering through photographs and antiquarians' accounts to see and reassemble some changing patterns of how our ancestral societies... read more »
From: Dianne's Medieval Writing on 2 April 2016

Building a post-doc network

Lately I’ve been reflecting on how hard it is for those floating in a post-doctoral limbo land to connect with academic networks and stay ‘in... read more »
From: In Thirteenth Century England on 2 April 2016

A Calendar Page for April 2016

For more information about the Bedford Hours, please see our post for January 2016; for more on medieval calendars in general, our original calendar post... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 2 April 2016

The Medieval in Middle-earth: Aragorn and Exiled Anglo-Saxon Kings

As a professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford, J. R. R. Tolkien could not help but be inspired by the language and literature he studied and... read more »
From: Dutch Anglo-Saxonist on 1 April 2016

Baby Steps

It’s #WhanThatAprilleDay16 today,  a celebration of ‘oold bokes yn sondrye oold tonges’ and languages which are Old, or Middle,... read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 1 April 2016