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)
It’s always interesting to see which words other languages have which are missing from one’s own. Old English, being somewhat similar to modern German, has a tendency to create compound words to a greater extent than modern English does, leading to words such as tidfara – a traveller whose time to journey has come. So … More Onwards I go: may I meet with friends
It’s now the end of my second full year of blogging, so here is a look back at what I have been writing about in the last twelve months … Runaway success of the year When I first started thinking about writing a blog, I jotted down a few ideas and created OneNote pages for … More 2017: a year in blogging
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
So we are in December now! Apologies for the late blogpost: I have big changes coming up (good ones), including a house move, so I have been furiously sorting and packing a lot of stuff. In particular, I have a lot of books, most of which will be going into storage courtesy of a kind … More The things we leave behind
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