God bless my epiglottis: why I love the Lorica of Laidcenn

In this blog, I have written a lot about Anglo-Saxon prayer, medicine and poetry. Of course, these aren’t exclusive categories: medicine sometimes involved prayer, and prayers could be in the form of poetry. And sometimes, the same text can be all three. The Lorica of Laidcenn is a good example of this. A lorica is … More God bless my epiglottis: why I love the Lorica of Laidcenn

‘That change sank into my heart’s root’: Hoccleve’s Complaint

I am rather fond of Stephen Fry, and have enjoyed his books, film and TV work very much, but in one of his books he wrote something that is guaranteed to raise the hackles of many a medievalist.  The one in question is The Ode Less Travelled, an introduction to writing poetry.  In the chapter … More ‘That change sank into my heart’s root’: Hoccleve’s Complaint

Egyptian Days and Ayurvedic Man: medical cultural connections

One of the advantages of working in central London is the sheer number of interesting exhibitions and other events going on all around me.  The other day I wandered into the Wellcome Collection to see if they had anything interesting to see, and was rewarded with a free exhibition called Ayurvedic Man: Encounters with Indian … More Egyptian Days and Ayurvedic Man: medical cultural connections

New job: Polonsky Pre-1200 England and France Digitisation Project (700-1200)

As mentioned in previous posts, I have recently moved to London to begin a new job: I have joined the Polonsky Pre-1200 England and France Digitisation Project (700-1200) team at the British Library as the digitisation Project Officer.  You can read more about the project here. These manuscripts, and many more, have already been digitised … More New job: Polonsky Pre-1200 England and France Digitisation Project (700-1200)

Clasps, crosses and conservators: a visit to the Staffordshire Hoard 

Over the summer, I wrote a review of the Viking exhibition at the Yorkshire Museum in York. In this, I mentioned that it was useful to see an Anglo-Saxon sword equipped with the kinds of golden and jewelled fittings that we can see in the hoard that was discovered in Staffordshire a few years ago, most of … More Clasps, crosses and conservators: a visit to the Staffordshire Hoard