Author Archives: JB

New Resources for Non-Academics

In the past few weeks there have been two announcements of exciting resources aimed at non-academics. The first is the London Anglo-Saxon Symposium (March 8, 2013) hosted by the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. The day-long … Continue reading

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When Earthly Beauty is Beautiful

It is all too common to hear dogmatic medieval Christian writers talking about the falseness of earthly goods, the inferiority of earthly beauty, etc. etc. True beauty is with God and in the afterlife – nothing else is worthy of … Continue reading

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A Gloves and Manuscripts PSA

It’s something I’ve heard too often – if you’re filmed handling manuscripts, wear gloves. Otherwise, the broadcaster receives hundreds of letters from the concerned public complaining about the cavalier treatment of national treasures. So let me just put this out … Continue reading

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Medieval Penitentials on Childbirth and Abortion

Once again, I find myself apologising for a long posting hiatus. Whoops. I promise the radio silence over the past three months hasn’t been in vain… I’ve spent the time outlining a PhD thesis, writing a tiny bit of a … Continue reading

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Anglo-Saxon Medicine? That’s Leeches and Bloodletting, right?

Right! Well, kind of. I get that question every time I tell someone what I research, and I love it. It gives me a basis to talk from. Much preferred to the alternatives of ‘Medieval studies? That’s…a real major?!’ or … Continue reading

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Who Are Mitt Romney’s Anglo-Saxons?

This week, the internet is full of macros like this, thanks to Romney’s aide’s comment that Obama ‘doesn’t understand Anglo-Saxon heritage.’ I think Mr. Sutton Hoo Helmet on the right is rather more handsome, don’t you? Romney’s general idiocy aside, … Continue reading

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Public Outreach Archaeology Done (Almost) Right: Santa María la Real

I got to visit Basque country earlier this summer, where I came across Santa María la Real, a church in Zarautz where a graveyard spanning from the Classical to late medieval periods was discovered. After excavations were concluded the site … Continue reading

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