Learn more about how early medieval English artists depicted the Adoration of the Magi!
Old English between the lines! Find out more about dot glosses, paving letters and the mysterious 'scratched glosses'.
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.
"God helpe minum handum" - God help my hands. Making manuscripts was hard work, as these early medieval English colophons reveal.
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
Cats leaving paw-prints and pee-stains in medieval manuscripts. An old blog post and its aftermath.
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