From Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts . . .


 Tweeted, September 8, 2014, by Kathleen McCallum with the comment: “Nancillus, I just don’t have the words on this one.”…   Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts, The Hague, KB, KA 16, fol. 108ra2, Nancillus.    

St. Jerome in his study – Louvre, tweeted by Allessdeth


Amazing image of peacock in flight


Several people tweeted this dreamlike image of a peacock in flight; I’ll try to find out who the photographer was and post proper credits. The image––especially given its misty background––looks to me as though it could be an angel on … Continue reading

Erik Kwakkel on medieval selfies


Erik Kwakkel, who is a book historian at Leiden University, The Netherlands, studying medieval manuscripts, has posted an entertaining as well as fascinating piece on his blog about medieval selfies at: The last time I looked, he’d had 8500 readers … Continue reading

Monkey embracing a cat


This was tweeted by Christina Farley (@Morgan Library, M282, 15th C.). To some extent–although I don’t know what the manuscript says about the picture–I wonder whether it could be a precursor to the real-life experience in our time of Koko, … Continue reading

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Alexandra Kiely on Medieval Graffiti

Alexandra Kiely, guest post on medieval graffiti: The Medieval Graffiti Survey, a project which started in Norfolk in 2010 and has since continued in the neighboring counties including Lincolnshire and Suffolk, aims to photograph and catalog the wide variety of doodles scratched … Continue reading

Did King William I have a sense of humor?

It seems that the eminent scholar of an earlier generation, David C. Douglas, saw humor in an incident involving William the Conqueror as king. Writing about “a west-country magnate named Edric the Wild who raised a revolt in Herefordshire, and … Continue reading

If William the Conqueror had met U.S. Congress . . .


Bruce Holsinger, medievalist extraordinaire


Prof. Holsinger describes himself this way on Twitter: “Medievalist, medievalizer, medievaloring, medievalonging, medievaliving, medievalost, medievaloping, medievaloving.” That would appear to just about cover it. Looking at his website,, you’ll encounter a remarkable set of experiences (not everyone has “flamed … Continue reading

Scholarly books


I’ll be posting about, among others, books by scholars for scholars, which accordingly I am not qualified to critique as they might do. As an intensely interested amateur, however, I do read them and will comment from my lay perspective. … Continue reading

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