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Fire, Fire! The Tragic Burning of the Cotton Library

2016 has been a year of anniversaries, some of them more notable than others. Already this year we have commemorated 350 years since the Great Fire of London (1666), the 950th anniversary of the Battle...
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 23 Oct 2016

Beowulf vs the Dragon: A Student Doodle Edition

For a bonus question on one of my Old English literature exams, my students used their artistic talents to draw scenes from the concluding fight in the Old English poem Beowulf. Together, these doodles...
From: Dutch Anglo-Saxonist on 9 Oct 2016

“A conspicuous specimen of Anglosaxon poetry”: A student summary of Beowulf from 1880

At the end of the nineteenth century, Dutch schoolmaster G. J. P. J. Bolland studied older Germanic languages with a particular interest in Old English. He studied under Eduard Sievers in Jena, Germany,...
From: Dutch Anglo-Saxonist on 3 Aug 2016

Beowulf is Back!

If you are in London this summer and would like to see the unique manuscript of the most famous poem in Old English, you are in luck! Beowulf is back on display at the British Library in the Sir John Ritblat...
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 16 Jul 2016

The Freoðuwebbe and the Freswael: A Comic Strip Reconstruction of the Finnsburg Fragment and Episode

One of the most intriguing stories referred to in Old English heroic poetry is whatever happend at Finnsburg, between Hnæf , Finn and Hengest. The story is referred to in Beowulf, the so-called Finnsburg...
From: Dutch Anglo-Saxonist on 16 Mar 2016

The Medieval in Middle-Earth: Rings of Power

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 taught. As a result, his fictional world is infused...
From: Dutch Anglo-Saxonist on 24 Dec 2015

Beowulf Trump and Lady Fiorina: GOP Debates and Medieval Rhetoric

by JONATHAN HSY[Split-screen screenshot from the livestream of last night’s GOP debate: on the left, real estate mogul and zillionaire Donald Trump; on the right, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly...
From: In the Middle on 17 Sep 2015

Medieval Top Ten

It’s that time of the year when we all look back at what we have accomplished (and also when we so frequently resort to clichés like ‘it’s that time of year’). It has been a fantastic 12 months...
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 23 Dec 2013

Beowulf – just that awesome?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Beowulf this week. Something I find interesting is that Beowulf performed the greatest warrior feat of his life in his old age: he slayed a dragon years after he annihilated...
From: tolde by the weye on 20 Dec 2013

What's Your Favourite Manuscript?

Earlier this year, a selection of the British Library's medieval manuscripts featured in a special article in the FT Weekend Magazine. For those of you who missed this first time round, those manuscripts...

So Beowulf and the Lambton Wyrm walk into a bar…

While sharing a few homebrews with Frank, we somehow got on the subject of wyrms. He recalled The Lambton Wyrm, a song from Northumberland he’d often hear back when Newcastle Exhibition was unfiltered...
From: tolde by the weye on 10 Nov 2013

How Does Beowulf Begin?

We always like to hear about research that touches on the British Library's collections; and here is a good example. Anglo-Saxon scholars will invariably be familiar with the opening of the epic poem Beowulf,...

Lindisfarne Gospels Back in Treasures

Regular visitors to the British Library may be aware that some of our greatest treasures are often to be found on display in The Sir John Ritblat Gallery. At the time of writing you can see medieval manuscripts...
From: Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts on 22 Oct 2013

Seamus Heaney: An Appreciation

It is a week since Famous Seamus sadly passed away. Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate for Literature, came to the British Library as part of our Beowulf week in October 2009. In front of an enthralled audience,...

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