Category Archives: Medieval History

Magic, Medicine, Miracles: How Reading Abbey Helped to Invent Halloween

by Professor Anne Lawrence-Mathers On Saturday 27 October, I had the privilege of giving a public lecture for the Friends of Reading Abbey, in the presence of the Mayor of Reading, Councillor Debs Edwards. The event took place in St … Continue reading

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The Stenton Lecture and Symposium 2018

Thursday 22nd November marks the date of this year’s Stenton Lecture which is preceded by the Stenton Symposium. Both events take place on the Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading. The 2018 Stenton Lecture was live-streamed at our departmental Facebook page, and … Continue reading

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Department Seminar Series, autumn term 2018

All seminars are held on Wednesday at 4:30–6pm in Edith Morley 126. Refreshments are provided and all are welcome! 10h October, Professor Patrick Major (Reading): ‘Keep Calm and Carry On?: The Bomb, the BBC and 1984’s Threads’ 31st October, Dr … Continue reading

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Reading Welcomes the Summer (in the manner of c. 1218!)

by Prof Anne Lawrence The manuscript in this image (below), now British Library Ms. Harley 978, was once owned by Reading Abbey, and contains an eclectic mixture of texts, including the poems of a twelfth-century author and performer now known … Continue reading

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The Long Read: Saint Guinefort the Holy Greyhound

by Dr Rebecca Rist In April 1988 the New York Times published a review of Suzanne Schiffman and Paméla Berger’s film Sorceress (French version Le Moine et la Sorcière), which debuted at the 68th Street Playhouse. It described it as … Continue reading

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