Today is Good Friday, the day which commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. For today’s blogpost, I’ve decided simply to post and translate some Anglo-Saxon texts dedicated to the Holy Cross: a hymn, a poem, and two prayers. As my research is all about how texts were adapted and reused in different contexts, in each … More Faithful cross, gate of heaven
I have a new article out! ‘Which Psalms Were Important to the Anglo-Saxons? The Psalms in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century Prayer and Medical Remedies’ is part of a special edition of English Studies on the psalms in Anglo-Saxon and Anglo -Norman England, edited by Helen Appleton and Francis Leneghan, and I am grateful to both of … More Have mercy on me, O God: Psalm 50 in the Anglo-Saxon church
As I mentioned in my post on an Old English confessional prayer, I recently visited the British Library to visit the manuscript known as Cotton Tiberius A. iii, which was a sort of ‘supporting actor’ in my thesis. A similar role was played by an eleventh-century psalter, known as the Eadui Psalter and with the … More The scribe, the editors, and the well-dressed Elizabethan: a day with an 11th-century psalter
It was the summer of my first year as a PhD student. I had just finished work on a chapter of my thesis, and was looking to move into another area of study; but I couldn’t really think where to go next, except that I wanted to look back to an earlier period of time and … More Thinking of Syria in Anglo-Saxon England
It’s been some months now since I started writing this blog, and my only regret is that I didn’t start sooner. Maybe this is a good time for a moment’s reflection on what I’m doing, and why I’m doing it. The research that my writing here is based on, particularly that on medicine and medical … More Why blog?
When I started blogging last month, I planned to at least begin by writing one post a week, although I knew that I was unlikely to keep that up; I have a number of projects on at the moment. In particular, I recently spent two weeks in intensive rehearsals for HIDden Theatre‘s production of the … More Learning your lines: on plays and prayerbooks
When I’m looking through late Anglo-Saxon prayer collections, one of the prayer genres that I encounter most frequently is that of confession. In my work, I have discovered that there were a number of different ways of confessing one’s sins, such as: directly to God in private; with the aid of a skilled confessor; and … More How to confess like an Anglo-Saxon