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 

Sandal socks and auburn hair: a walk through the museum of memory

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

Scorpio, that is suffering: a natural history of a medieval Zodiac symbol

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

How did I get here?

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?

On editing a book

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

The Vespasian Psalter

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