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'On hærfeste ham gelædeð': Anglo-Saxon Harvests

Harvesting sheaves in the Eadwine Psalter (Cambridge, Trinity College, R.17.1, f.232), illustrating Psalm 125/6 In some early medieval calendars, including those followed by the learned scholars of Anglo-Saxon...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 7 Aug 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 Medieval Terms of Endearment. To my surprise and...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 13 Feb 2016

The Anglo-Saxon O Antiphons: O Jerusalem, Vision of Peace

The Virgin and Child (BL Add. 34890, f. 115, 11th century, England) The last week of Advent is the season of the 'O Antiphons'. These texts, used at Vespers in the days before Christmas, have an enduring...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 18 Dec 2015

The Sun and the Seed-Corn

As promised, here's a bit more from the corpus of Old English wisdom literature - two extracts from the 'Metres of Boethius', a sequence of poems based on the metrical sections of Boethius' Consolation...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 30 Jun 2015

'We wurðiað þæs Halgan Gastes tocyme': An Anglo-Saxon Sermon for Pentecost

BL Add. 49598 f.67v We wurðiað þæs Halgan Gastes tocyme mid lofsangum seofon dagas, forðan ðe he onbryrt ure mod mid seofonfealdre gife, þæt is, mid wisdome and andgyte, mid geðeahte and...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 24 May 2015

'Summer, sun-brightest': An Anglo-Saxon Summer

An Anglo-Saxon calendar for May, marking the beginning of summer on May 9
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 9 May 2015


April in BL Lansdowne 383, f. 4v On the first of April, let's see how the month is described in the poem known as the Old English Menologium, which is becoming a regular feature on this blog. In case...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 1 Apr 2015

March in the Menologium

Opening of a calendar for March (BL Lansdowne 383, f. 4) At the beginning of a new month, we can have a look at the Old English calendar poem known as the Menologium (last seen here in February heralding...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 1 Mar 2015

'Hoard up your goldhoard in heaven'

Blogging will be light here for a little while, though if you should be so inclined you can read something I wrote this week for the BBC History website here (if nothing else, it features the most insanely...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 22 Feb 2015

'Unwinding the water's chains': Spring, Thaw, and Some Anglo-Saxon Poems

BL Cotton Nero C IV, f. 40v (with the beginning of 'ver' on 7 February) Three months ago, on 7 November, I looked at some poems marking what was in early medieval calendars considered to be the first day...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 7 Feb 2015

'Ða easternan tungelwitegan gesawon niwne steorran beorhtne'

Adoration of the Magi in the Benedictional of St Æthelwold (BL Additional 49598, f. 24v) Some extracts from Ælfric's sermon on the Epiphany, which can be read in full here. Ðes dæg is gehaten Epiphania...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 6 Jan 2015

'The words linger': Christ the Arkenstone and The Hobbit

Shooting a dragon (BL Arundel 91, f. 28v) Today I want to share with you a very short extract from an Old English poem, which I hope will be of interest this week for two reasons: firstly because it's...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 18 Dec 2014

'After that comes Winter's Day'

I'm sorry to break this to you, but it's now officially winter. At least, it is according to the Old English calendar poem The Menologium, which calls 7 November 'winter's day' - the first day of winter: ...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 7 Nov 2014

'Books are Glorious'

Re-reading the Old English poem known as 'The Dialogue of Solomon and Saturn' (which I wrote about this time last year), I was reminded of a lovely passage on the value of books. This poem is a debate...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 21 Oct 2014

'Remembering from afar': The Wanderer

Today is National Poetry Day in the UK, and since the theme is 'Remember', when I obediently followed the instruction to 'think of a poem' what sprang to mind was The Wanderer, an Old English poem much...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 2 Oct 2014

The Battle of Maldon

10 August is the date of one of the most famous battles in Anglo-Saxon history: the Battle of Maldon, fought between the men of East Anglia and a force of Vikings on the coast of Essex in 991. Note ...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 10 Aug 2014

An Anglo-Saxon August

Harvesting (BL Harley 603, f. 66) This year I've been posting at intervals extracts from the Old English poem known as the Menologium, a tenth-century poem which catalogues the months of the year, describing...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 1 Aug 2014

'Se lengsta dæg': The Anglo-Saxon Solstice

The sun on Midsummer Eve On xii kalendas Iulius byð sunstede, þæt ys on Lyden solstitium and on Englisc midsumor. Today is the summer solstice, for which the Old English name, provided in the quotation...
From: A Clerk of Oxford on 21 Jun 2014

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