Tag Archives: medieval literature

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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Christmas 2016: Twelfth Cake

by Prof Anne Lawrence Twelfth Night: or King and Queen’ by the early-modern poet, Robert Herrick begins: Now, now the mirth comes With the cake full of plums, Where bean’s the king of the sport here; Beside we must know, … Continue reading

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Toads mean Trouble: Amphibious Assassins in Gerald of Wales’ The Journey through Wales

by Dr Ruth Salter If you were asked to think of an unassuming British animal, I would hazard a guess that the first creature to come to mind would be something – small, brown, possibly squeaky – like a mouse … Continue reading

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Popes & Jews, and Otherworlds: Two new Medieval Monographs

Yesterday, Thursday 17th March 2016, the Department of History and the Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies (GCMS) held a book launch for two new medieval monographs from Oxford University Press (OUP).  Thanks to their authors, Dr Rebecca Rist and Dr … Continue reading

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