About this blog

After years of doctoral research on Anglo-Saxon literature and religious practices, I’ve started this blog in order to share some of the fascinating things I’ve come across, the small things that don’t make it into my formal publications.  Such as:

  • Why it’s important to tell God what he already knows
  • How to protect yourself from harm, Anglo-Saxon style
  • Why medieval prayers are like internet memes
  • The spiritual significance of vomit.

As explained in this post, the title was partly inspired by the fact that ‘wynn’ is an Anglo-Saxon word for ‘joy’, and these are some of the discoveries that I have most enjoyed making; I hope you enjoy this blog.


Blog header image from London, British Library Cotton Titus D. xxvi, f. 19v: Dean Ælfwine of the Old Minster, Winchester, kneeling before St Peter with the manuscript in his hand.