Call for papers: ICMS Kalamazoo 2017 “Grey Matter: Brains, Diseases, and Disorders” Special session organised by Deborah Thorpe, Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders at the University of York, UK. Description: This session invites papers that examine any aspect of medieval cognition, neurology, and/or psychiatry through medieval source material. This topic can be approached through […]

I’ve just pushed a couple of article projects as far as I can. They are either now with collaborators, who will proceed to work their own magic, or under consideration by journals. As a result, I have been feeling slightly directionless—simultaneously under pressure to complete my current projects, but without definite things to do. There […]

Having just returned from a research trip to the States, I thought that I would give my blog a kick, as it has gone into hibernation of late. Jet-lag and a cold prevent me from tackling my impending deadlines, so I thought that I’d take time to be more creative. I hope that peripatetic manuscript […]

‘HOW MANY folios per day??’ – BL Additional 18720 f. 2 As those who read my blog regularly will know, my research focuses on the effects of ageing and neurological disorders on medieval handwriting. In a recent publication, Jane Alty and I examine the shaky handwriting of the thirteenth-century scribe known as ‘The Tremulous Hand […]

Source: Scrutinizing the script of the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’ | OUPblog

Announcement: A new study, by Deborah Thorpe and Jane Alty, on the tremor of the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’ can now be accessed online: Deborah E. Thorpe, Jane E. Alty, “What type of tremor did the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’ have?” Brain (2015), DOI:

First of all, apologies that this post has been a long time coming. This gap has been caused by the busy schedule that now forms the material for this latest blog post. I’ve recently had an article published in Brain journal on the medieval ‘Tremulous Hand of Worcester’, written with Jane Alty. See here. As […]