EARLY BIRDS & BOOK WORMS

Birds in Medieval English Poetry


Birds in Medieval English Poetry
Medieval literature is filled with birds but until Dr Warren no-one had studied them in close detail, beyond their general symbolic roles. Because, he argues, many poets display a detailed knowledge of birds, it makes their choice and use of particular birds especially relevant to any discussion of their work. And with the development of ecocriticism and animal studies, his book is perfectly timed. Read more

 

CHARMED

‘Charms’, Liturgies, and Secret Rites in Early Medieval England


‘Charms’, Liturgies, and Secret Rites in Early Medieval England
Here charms are ritual texts which include instructions for performances but which have long been held to be unrelated to Christian practices. Recent thinking has reconsidered this divide and Dr Arthur believes these so-called charms have been misunderstood or overlooked and that they do in fact belong in mainstream Christian rites. Read more

 

NOT FORGOTTEN

Commemoration in Medieval Cambridge


Commemoration in Medieval Cambridge
In the medieval world, commemoration was much more of a duty than it is today. This book looks at the many ways in which the people of Cambridge, and particularly the colleges of the university, chose to remember their dead, including prayers, Masses, tomb monuments, or liturgical furnishings. Read more

“THE PARADISE OF MY IMAGINATION”

Derek Jarman's Medieval Modern


Derek Jarman's Medieval Modern
Remembered mostly as a filmmaker, Derek Jarman (1942-1994) was also a writer, artist, gardener and activist, who throughout his life maintained a devotion to medieval art and culture. What did it mean to him and how did it manifest itself? Professor Mills answers our questions to tell us much more about his fascinating book and the rich seam of medievalism to be found in Jarman's art. Read more



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TOWERING ACHIEVEMENT

English Medieval Church Towers


English Medieval Church Towers
David Ryan’s beautiful book is made up of 500 watercolour paintings of medieval church towers found in the Anglican Northern Province, or the ecclesiastical province of York. Here he discusses the architectural career that honed his skill in so accurately yet so beautifully capturing these lovely buildings. He also explains two important things: why so many towers, and why paint them?
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GOOD GOVERNANCE

Sir John Fortescue and the Governance of England


Sir John Fortescue and the Governance of England
Although he published nothing during his lifetime, John Fortescue’s work has had a long and lasting impact. Since becoming available they have been republished, quoted and cited endlessly, not least by lawyers and politicians for whom Fortescue’s texts have remained relevant over centuries. Dr Margaret Kekewich tells more about Fortescue’s life and why he still has things to tell us today. Read more

 

THE HISTORY OF HISTORIES

Writing History in the Anglo-Norman World


Writing History in the Anglo-Norman World
In their new collection, Dr Laura Cleaver and Dr Andrea Worm bring us something close to all our hearts: a look at how history is written. The essays explore the processes and motivations behind the works of the great historians of the age. Here Dr Cleaver explains their interdisciplinary approach, how the collection came about and, crucially, her own favourite history book. Read more