‘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

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

The way of the book and the way of the wild: a review of Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake

there is ways to see this world i saes.  there is the way of the boc and the way of the wilde there is the god of the boc and the gods of the mere there is the way of the crist and the eald ways of this land Paul Kingsnorth, The Wake, p. 334 Be … More The way of the book and the way of the wild: a review of Paul Kingsnorth’s The Wake

Strange beings: translating some Exeter Riddles

I saw four strange beings travel together: black were their tracks, very dark traces.  Fast on its journey, bolder than birds, it flew in the air, dived beneath the waves.  The labouring fighter suffered restlessly, he who shows all four of them the paths over ornamented gold. The four strange beings, if you were wondering, … More Strange beings: translating some Exeter Riddles