I have a new publication out! The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, edited by Sian Echard and Robert Rouse, and published by Wiley Blackwell in August 2017, features my 500-word entry on the Vespasian Psalter (London, British Library Cotton MS Vespasian A. i) – and a lot of other interesting things besides. I will … More New publication: ‘The Vespasian Psalter’, in The Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain
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