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

Viking: Rediscover the Legend, Yorkshire Museum – a review

I live within a short walk of a museum mostly dedicated to local history and archaeology.  Of course, this is in York, which has played a significant part in several crucial events in English and British history.  The Romans had a military base here; it was an important site for the Anglo-Saxon church; it was … More Viking: Rediscover the Legend, Yorkshire Museum – a review

Honey and peace will abound: Anglo-Saxon predictions for 2017

Happy New Year!  If you’re wondering what is to come in 2017, early medieval monks had the answers.  A number of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts include prognostics of various kinds – texts for predicting the future. One such manuscript is London, British Library Cotton MS Tiberius A. iii.  As mentioned in some earlier posts, I’ve worked with … More Honey and peace will abound: Anglo-Saxon predictions for 2017

Solidify us unto Thy charity: the medicinal and liturgical uses of cheese

On this blog, I write about some of the most important aspects of Christian spirituality in early medieval England.  The feast of Easter.  The healing of the sick.  Confession.  Expressing one’s deepest yearnings to God in prayer. And now: cheese. I’ve written before about Ælfric of Eynsham, abbot and homilist, and also the author of … More Solidify us unto Thy charity: the medicinal and liturgical uses of cheese