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?
If you drilled a hole through the centre of the earth, and dropped a stone down it, what would happen? How big are the Sun, Moon and stars? And, hardest to answer of all, are there any people on the other side of the globe? I’ve been reading up on medieval science. In particular, I’ve … More A medieval astronomy lesson
Some medieval manuscripts have an obvious purpose. It’s a psalter, a gospel-book, a collection of charters, a book of poetry. Others … don’t. London, British Library Cotton MS Tiberius A. iii is, first and foremost, a copy of the two most important Rules (guides on how to live and worship in the monastery) for use … More Also found in Tiberius A. iii
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