Creating Public Awareness of the Bestiary in Merton College Library, MS 249

Sebastian Dows-Miller is an MSt candidate at Merton College, Oxford. He has a particular interest in text transmission within manuscript culture, as well as short texts written in Old French, and is always very pleased when the two intersect. Follow him on Twitter here, or follow Merton Beasts directly.  The bestiary genre is well known, …

Teaching Manuscripts Across the Humanities Curriculum: A Case Study in Biblical Manuscripts

Jonathan Homrighausen is a writer, calligraphic artist, and doctoral student in Hebrew Bible at Duke University. His research centers around the intersection of sacred text and lettering arts, and he has published on Psalms, Esther, the Song of Songs, and The Saint John’s Bible, a contemporary illuminated manuscript of the entire Catholic Bible. Any manuscript scholar …

Introducing the Rise Project and Henry of Rinfeldia’s personal notebook

Luciana Cioca is a PhD student at Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania, studying the history of the vesperial disputations at medieval universities. She is also a Research Assistant in the Project PN-III-P4-ID-PCCF-2016-0064 “The Rise of an Intellectual Elite in Central Europe: The University of Vienna from 1389 to 1450,” coordinated by Dr. Adinel Dincă and …

Insights and Perspectives on a research-led teaching format in Medieval German Literature

We're pleased to share Dr Balázs J. Nemes's presentation at the University of Freiburg's Humanities and Social Sciences colloquium (HUMSS) on 6 July 2020. Dr Nemes is a Junior Fellow in Medieval German Literature at Freiburg. Dr Stephen Mossman, Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Manchester, has translated this outline of the …

Goatskin in the garden: how does it feel to prepare your own parchment?

Manuscripts Under Lockdown 2: Sara Charles is a PhD student at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. Her research focuses on medieval martyrologies from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries. She also conducts personal research into the production of manuscripts, exploring parchment making, ink making and illumination. She shares her findings on her …

The lost library of Canterbury Cathedral: Digital resources to reunite manuscripts and fragments

Manuscripts Under Lockdown 1: Dr Alison Ray has worked since 2018 as Assistant Archivist at Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library, having previously worked at the British Library as Digitisation and Web Curatorial Officer with The Polonsky Foundation England and France, 700-1200 digitisation project. Follow Dr Ray on Twitter. The recent growth of palaeographical and codicological …

The Open Medieval Editions by Students (TOMES) Project: An Anthology by and for Students (and Others!)

This post is created by the team behind the TOMES project, which is funded by a Comenius Grant from The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research/NRO. The project lead, Dr Murchison, is an assistant professor (UD) in medieval English and French literature at Leiden University, in The Netherlands. Her research centers around the popular vernacular literature …

The School Room Scriptorium: Giving a Workshop on Medieval Scriptoria in a Primary School

Eleanor Baker is a second year DPhil student at St John’s College, Oxford. Her research looks at how codex production processes influenced middle English literature between 1300-1550. She currently works as the Teaching and Careers officer at Oxford’s Faculty of English, and runs the Living Libraries podcast with fellow DPhil student Alex Peplow. You can …

Trimming and Compilation, MS. CUL, Dd.10.44 (Joint Blog Post/ Teachable Features 5)

Hope Doherty explains what the trimming in CUL MS Dd.10.44 can tell us about the way it was put together as a codex. Hope is in the first year of a PhD in Medieval English Literature at Durham University, focusing her research on the interaction between theology and mental illness in Marian writing. She completed …