It’s now the end of my second full year of blogging, so here is a look back at what I have been writing about in the last twelve months … Runaway success of the year When I first started thinking about writing a blog, I jotted down a few ideas and created OneNote pages for … More 2017: a year in blogging
As regular readers of my blog will know, I have just submitted a book to a publisher. This was based upon my doctoral thesis, but with extremely significant revisions, and I hope it will be much better for them. The subject is Anglo-Saxon ‘private prayer’, encompassing various kinds of prayer outside of a strictly communal … More How did I get here?
As I have mentioned with increasing frequency in recent posts, I am about to submit a heavily altered version of my thesis for publication with Medieval Institute Publications of Western Michigan University, and right now I am hard at work doing the final edits before I send it off. My friend Laura Varnam has recently … More On editing a book
As mentioned in my last post, I have a new publication out – an entry in the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature in Britain, on the Vespasian Psalter, the manuscript now shelved as London, British Library Cotton MS Vespasian A. i. So how better to celebrate this than by dedicating a blogpost to the manuscript … More The Vespasian Psalter
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
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
My latest article is now available online in a special issue of English Studies! ‘Which Psalms Were Important to the Anglo-Saxons? The Psalms in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century Prayer and Medical Remedies’ English Studies, 98:1 (2017): 35-48 This article examines the use of the Psalms in sixteen short prayer programmes, found in tenth- and eleventh-century English … More New article published: ‘Which Psalms Were Important to the Anglo-Saxons? The Psalms in Tenth- and Eleventh-Century Prayer and Medical Remedies’
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?
One of the great pleasures of my research is coming across little texts which open our eyes to the daily lives and inner experience of Anglo-Saxon men and women. My work mostly focuses on short rites for protection, healing and general life improvement – prayers, medical remedies, rituals to perform if you have lost your … More Telling God what he already knows: how to pray like an 11th-century monk