Monthly Archives: October 2012

A Load of Old Cobblers!

Living near Bushy Park as I do at the moment, I sometimes walk past an old monument, surrounded by an appreciative clump of weeds,  with a sign next to it explaining the story of a local man who made a great impact upon the local landscape and upon society’s attitude towards public access to privately-owned […]

Variety is the spice of life!

Since completing my Ph.D, and then a short research internship at the Ashmolean Museum, I have found myself in the very priviledged position of having not just one, but two jobs. I work part time as a Research Associate at the British Library, and the other half of the week I divide between an Associate […]

“For all wikked humours of ballocqs”! Some glimpses into how fifteenth-century people made sick people better.

Today’s working day at the British Library turned up a little gem of a medieval manuscript. British Library MS Additional 19674 is a late fifteenth-century book of medical recipes ranging from the most minor ailments (such as having red eyes from rubbing them too much), to the most severe (adder bites, the death of an […]

Derivation, Deviation, and Distortion. The dynamism of medieval texts.

My role at with the Digital Index of Middle English Verse is amplifying my awareness of the implications of copying by hand upon the form and contents of medieval texts. The fact that texts were written by hand meant that every time that a new version was created, there was potential for changes to be […]

“A, Bele Babees, Listen to Me Lore!”

In around 1475, a writer translated from Latin a ‘lytil reporte’ on how they believed that good little children, or ‘babees’, should behave. These paragons of youthful good conduct come bouncing (or, rather, meekly creeping) off of the page as one reads. As I recently found this verse in a manuscript that I have been […]

Medieval manuscripts on my mind …

Today was my first day researching at the British Library as a Research Associate for the Digital Index of Middle English Verse, funded by the Modern Humanities Research Association. My job is to fill the gaps in the work that was begun by the project team in the 1990s, when information about much of the […]