An introduction to the fascinating world of Old English glossed Psalters!
Adoring the Magi in early medieval England
Learn more about how early medieval English artists depicted the Adoration of the Magi!
Reading between the lines in early medieval England: Old English interlinear glosses
Old English between the lines! Find out more about dot glosses, paving letters and the mysterious 'scratched glosses'.
Parchment and Parliament: Vellum making headlines
Over the last two years, parchment has proven to be a contentious issue in the UK Parliament. This blog post reconstructs a debate about parchment in the UK House of Commons in April 2016.
Scribal complaints: Early medieval English copyists and their colophons
"God helpe minum handum" - God help my hands. Making manuscripts was hard work, as these early medieval English colophons reveal.
Anglo-Saxon Cryptography: Secret Writing in Early Medieval England
In the early Middle Ages, scribes developed techniques to encode their messages. Learn more about Anglo-Saxon cryptography and early medieval encryption. Q:·:|⋮ SCR⋮PS⋮T :·:|⋮|:·:|·T :T Q:·: L:G·T L:T:T:·:R
Paws, Pee and Pests: Cats among Medieval Manuscripts
Cats leaving paw-prints and pee-stains in medieval manuscripts. An old blog post and its aftermath.
The Medieval in Middle-Earth: Thror’s Map
As a professor of Anglo-Saxon at the University of Oxford, J. R. R. Tolkien could not help but be inspired by the language and literature he studied and taught. As a result, his fictional world is infused with cultural material of the Middle Ages, particularly Old English language and literature. In this blog, I will … Continue reading The Medieval in Middle-Earth: Thror’s Map