What do place names tells us about the early history of England?
Learn more about the medieval material that inspired Tolkien's Oliphaunts!
Geoffrey Chaucer drew on various medieval traditions surrounding pigs to characterise one of his most memorable characters in the Canterbury Tales: Robin the Miller. A boarish fellow In his Canterbury Tales (1387-1400), Geoffrey Chaucer brings to life a great variety of characters who set out on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. To pass the time, the … Continue reading Pigs and Bagpipes: Geoffrey Chaucer’s Miller in Context
Long live the boar! This blog post calls attention to the role of the boar in medieval English royal prophecies.
What roles do worms, spiders and earwigs play in early medieval medicine? And why should you throw a dungbeetle over your shoulder?
According to Goscelin of St Bertin, a singing ox and some dead pigeons heralded the death of saint Edith of Wilton (d. 984).
Cats leaving paw-prints and pee-stains in medieval manuscripts. An old blog post and its aftermath.