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Father’s Day, or reflections on “ethnic” given names

Onomastic purists often shake their weary heads at the modern trend of taking place names as given names, scoffing at names such as Brittany, Dakota, Paris,... read more »

Go weep with Proserpina…

I’ve been exploring the lenvoye this week, both as a form and as a technical term.  In medieval French poetry, an envoi is the final stanza... read more »
From: Stylisticienne on 21 June 2015

Ex(odus)-Men: Adventures in a Medieval Bible Picture Book

In a couple of previous blog posts (Superheroes, True Romance, Blood and Gore and Comic Mania), we demonstrated how medieval picture books easily compete... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 20 June 2015

Medieval Letter-People

The human body is one of the most common objects encountered in art, whether in paintings, sculptures or other objects. Things have not changed... read more »
From: medievalbooks on 19 June 2015

Object Oriented Environs

by J J CohenJulian Yates and I thought you might enjoy an advance preview of our forthcoming collection of essays, Object Oriented Environs, through the... read more »
From: In the Middle on 18 June 2015

Coins of an emperor about to lose some face

One of the very many things that needed doing when I arrived in post at the Barber Institute, as you may recall, was to see about getting its coin collection... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 18 June 2015

An update from me...

Life has been a bit hectic for the last few months, so I've fallen behind a bit with blogging and tweeting. As I'm wrapping up a couple of big pieces... read more »
From: She-Wolf on 18 June 2015

Seminar CLVII: unmistakable greatness in a hidden place

Let’s not talk here about the hiatus, then; it won’t surprise those of you who know me that I have a place to do that scheduled slightly further... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 17 June 2015

Gingerly, he taps the microphone

Is this thing still on? Is anyone still here? Well, whether you are or not, I think I’m back. I’ve been complimented on this blog by so many... read more »
From: A Corner of Tenth-Century Europe on 17 June 2015

When one head is better than two

Biblia. Latin 14395 Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque nationale de France, Département des manuscrits, Latin 14395, fol. 131v. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 17 June 2015

Magna Carta Roundup

The 800th anniversary of the creation of Magna Carta was a major event, and here is a roundup of how newspapers and other media covered it.[View the story... read more »
From: Medieval News on 17 June 2015

Project Curator, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts

The British Library is recruiting for a Project Curator, Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts. This is a full time, fixed term position, from 1 September 2015 to 31... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 17 June 2015

Futures of the Past symposium @ GWU this October

by J J CohenI'm placing this here on the chance that you are looking for just the right excuse to come to DC in the fall semester. Well, here it is. This... read more »
From: In the Middle on 16 June 2015

Save the Date: Futures of the Past, October 30

The GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute is happy to announce its Fall 2015 symposium, "Futures of the Past." Now that the Institute is... read more »
From: GW MEMSI on 16 June 2015

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Papyrus 3053, scene from the arena. Found at Oxyrhynchus, Egypt, among documents dating from the third century. A recent addition to Digitised Manuscripts... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 16 June 2015

English Historical Review: Magna Carta special issue

In celebration of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, English Historical Review has published a special issue showcasing key research on the Charter... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 15 June 2015

Update 2.0

Many thanks for all your continued support of the Medieval Texts Translation Project. As you can see from the Trial page, we have successfully managed... read more »
From: Medieval Texts Translation Project on 15 June 2015

Posthuman Environs 3: Fnorteth

illustration taken from hereby J J Cohen[Part one of this series is Tsupu. Part two is Woof. Below is the third and concluding post. And while you're here,... read more »
From: In the Middle on 15 June 2015

Magna Carta Celebrates Its 800th Birthday!

The big day has finally arrived! Magna Carta, one of the most famous documents in the world is celebrating its 800th birthday. Granted by King John of... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 15 June 2015

Magna Carta and the People

The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta has brought with it a lot of rather self-congratulatory and not always entirely relevant musings on the triumph of... read more »
From: In Thirteenth Century England on 14 June 2015

How do men dominate women?

One shorthand description of a patriarchal system is one in which men dominate women. A slightly more sophisticated version of this description is one... read more »
From: Magistra et Mater on 14 June 2015

How do men dominate women?

One shorthand description of a patriarchal system is one in which men dominate women. A slightly more sophisticated version of this description is one... read more »
From: Magistra et Mater on 14 June 2015

The Hidden East Yorkshire That Leland Forgot

  I have been attempting to painfully assemble a project from photographs and information from outdated multimedia projects on a visual and topographical... read more »
From: Dianne's Medieval Writing on 14 June 2015

How The Forest Charter Was Saved From Destruction

A short while ago we blogged about Magna Carta's smaller cousin, known as the Charter of the Forest. In 1217, Magna Carta's clauses relating to forest... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 14 June 2015

In Wisdom's Court

Alfred the Great, from Wantage I've recently begun a new Twitter project, called Old English Wisdom. The idea is to tweet proverbs, maxims, and other miniature... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 13 June 2015

Wisdom's Court

Alfred the Great, from Wantage I've recently begun a new Twitter project, called Old English Wisdom. The idea is to tweet proverbs, maxims, and other... read more »
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 13 June 2015

FRENCH BREAD HISTORY: Late medieval bread

Around the time of the First Crusade (1096–1099), French mentions of bread began to reflect something taken for granted today: variety. A modern French... read more »
From: Les Leftovers on 13 June 2015

Public medievalism and the medievalist, or why I will dress up if I want to

If you’d been in the corridors around my office a few weeks back, you would have come across me and several of my wonderful tutors and colleagues bedecked... read more »
From: In Thirteenth Century England on 13 June 2015

Daenerys and Dessalines: Game of Thrones Gets Tropical

a guest post by Lesley S. Curtis (@ProfLCurtis) and Cord J. Whitaker (@ProfCWhit)As they prepare for this Sunday’s season five finale,... read more »
From: In the Middle on 13 June 2015

The Magnificent Magna Carta Project

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has launched a film to publicise how the research undertaken during the three-year Magna Carta Project... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 13 June 2015

The perfect picture: keeping your balls in the light...

I should be writing about ship graffiti right now. Yep, my favourite subject of the moment. The wonders of tiny inscribed ships sailing across the walls... read more »

On Going Viral(ish): Blogging, “Impact” and Community

Over 4000 views? For little old me? You charming old things, you. While I like to think that my work has significance beyond my particular field, and outside... read more »
From: Meny Snoweballes on 12 June 2015

Distillation in 15th century England

This is a big important topic, but one that is not well known at all. The evidence for it is scattered, and so most folk haven’t a clue that it was... read more »
From: distillatio on 12 June 2015

The Beginnings of the Codex

Over the first few centuries A.D., a change occurred in how people created and consumed books in the Graeco-Roman world. In the early first century, books... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 12 June 2015

Posthuman Environs 2: Woof

by J J Cohen["Tsupu," part one in this series is here]Woof (A Posthuman Ecology Transcends No Violence)Follow the noise of the dogs, their howls that reverberate... read more »
From: In the Middle on 11 June 2015

Posthuman Environs I: Tsupu

flow of sun through glass and onto stone, Genevaby J J CohenHere, as promised, is the first part of the project that I presented in a less writerly form... read more »
From: In the Middle on 10 June 2015

Falling in love and crying: “Professionalism”, gender & emotion

[Gawain said:] “Ah, my uncle king Arthur! My good brother Sir Gareth is slain, and so is my brother Sir Gaheris, who were two noble knights.”... read more »
From: Meny Snoweballes on 10 June 2015

Magna Carta podcasts and videos

Burlington House, home of the Society of Antiquaries Over the past three years, and in the last few months more than ever, members of the Magna Carta... read more »
From: Magna Carta Research Project on 10 June 2015

Putting the ‘human’ back into ‘humanities scholar’

Speaking with other scholars of the medieval period, I’ve often felt twinges of guilt as an interloper. I have slunk around the corridors of the... read more »
From: The Scribe Unbound on 10 June 2015

The Ark

La Boucquechardière, compilation de « Jehan de Courcy » Source: gallica.bnf.fr Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, 3514, fol. 1r. read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 10 June 2015

Music in the margin

Evangeliarium cum notis (Amiens). [Évangéliaire à l’usage d’Amiens. Musique notée. Les Ms-661 et 662 sont appariés].... read more »
From: Manuscript Art on 10 June 2015

Words on Sheepskin

We have been overwhelmed by the critical response to our Magna Carta exhibition. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has already visited... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 10 June 2015

Just published: Susan Signe Morrison's The Literature of Waste

by J J CohenJust out from Palgrave Macmillan is Susan Signe Morrison's The Literature of Waste: Material Ecopoetics and Ethical Matter. It's a wonderful... read more »
From: In the Middle on 9 June 2015

Posthuman Geneva

by J J Cohen[please contribute to this lively post about doing writing!]I'm just back from a rich conference on Approaching Posthumanism and the Posthuman... read more »
From: In the Middle on 8 June 2015

Medieval News Roundup: From London to New York

Even Ethan Hawke made the medieval news this week![View the story "Medieval News Roundup: From London to New York" on Storify] read more »
From: Medieval News on 8 June 2015

Magna Carta: My Digital Rights

This week the public have the chance to shape a ‘Magna Carta for the digital age’, by voting for My Digital Rights clauses generated by school students... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 8 June 2015

Tolkien Class

So this is the summer class on Tolkien I'm teaching.  I hope.  Ulp.                                                    ... read more »
From: The Ruminate on 7 June 2015

The distribution of Numidian coins recorded from Britain since the nineteenth century

The aim of the following post is simply to share a distribution map of Numidian coins that have been found in Britain since the nineteenth century. These... read more »
From: Caitlin Green on 6 June 2015

Space: The Final Frontier

Our major Magna Carta exhibition contains 202 items, which we selected from a long-list of over 2,000 potential candidates. One of the items that didn't... read more »
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 6 June 2015

A problem you run into when making buckles using stone moulds

I have had the ambition for years now to make good pewter buckles, of the sort in use in the 14-15th centuries for holding shoes shut. Numerous examples... read more »
From: My medieval foundry on 5 June 2015