This is the sign of my covenant, that I make between me and you and all living creatures for all generations, that is that I will set my rainbow in the clouds and it will be a sign of my covenant between me and the earth: when I cover the heavens with the clouds, then … More How many colours were there in a medieval rainbow?
A few months ago, I wrote a post about the Viking exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum here in York, in collaboration with the British Museum. It closed yesterday, but will shortly be moving on to the University of Nottingham Museum, The Atkinson, Southport, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Norwich Castle Museum over the course of the … More Sandal socks and auburn hair: a walk through the museum of memory
It’s incredibly frustrating when you know you have read something somewhere and can’t remember where. Such as the time I read an article or book which made an excellent point about Anglo-Saxon zodiac illustrations. Most medieval psalters and other liturgical books begin with a calendar, the primary purpose of which is to list the feasts … More Scorpio, that is suffering: a natural history of a medieval Zodiac symbol
As regular readers of my blog will know, I have just submitted a book to a publisher. This was based upon my doctoral thesis, but with extremely significant revisions, and I hope it will be much better for them. The subject is Anglo-Saxon ‘private prayer’, encompassing various kinds of prayer outside of a strictly communal … More How did I get here?
As I have mentioned with increasing frequency in recent posts, I am about to submit a heavily altered version of my thesis for publication with Medieval Institute Publications of Western Michigan University, and right now I am hard at work doing the final edits before I send it off. My friend Laura Varnam has recently … More On editing a book
As I wrote in a recent post, I currently have less time for blogging due to an impending book deadline. Which is why it is complete foolishness that I have taken up learning a completely new language. Well, sort of. What happened was that, having heard good things about it, I signed up to Duolingo … More Caroline and hiragana: learning to write
As mentioned in my last post, I have a new publication out – an entry in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, on the Vespasian Psalter, the manuscript now shelved as London, British Library Cotton MS Vespasian A. i. So how better to celebrate this than by dedicating a blogpost to the manuscript … More The Vespasian Psalter
I have a new publication out! The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, edited by Sian Echard and Robert Rouse, and published by Wiley Blackwell in August 2017, features my 500-word entry on the Vespasian Psalter (London, British Library Cotton MS Vespasian A. i) – and a lot of other interesting things besides. I will … More New publication: ‘The Vespasian Psalter’, in The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain
There must have been many people who have come across this line from John Donne’s seventeenth-century poem and wondered who the Seven Sleepers might have been – or why the poet might have snorted there. The second question has a quick answer: it simply means ‘snored’. But who were the Seven Sleepers? In June last … More In the Seven Sleepers’ den
I hope you’re enjoying the summer (or winter)! I’m spending it adapting my doctoral thesis into a book, which is taking up a lot of my writing time at the moment, and I don’t have much left in which to write this blog. Still, I’d hate to miss a fortnightly post date. A couple of … More Anglo-Saxon Riddles