I’ve just returned, full of medieval zest, from the Annual York-UEA-KCL Medieval Conference in Norwich. Many diverse papers on such weird and wonderful topics as medieval cross-dressers, Anglo-Saxon crowns (or lack of evidence for them…), cyborg saints and religious athletics served to delight and amaze. After all this medieval whimsy I’ve been inspired to write… Continue reading The St Cuthbert Gospel – medieval Kindle?
Did Arthur ever exist? Who was he? When did he live? What are the ‘true’ bits of the legends? Today a work colleague asked me a question along these lines. I’m known as a bit of an enthusiast about all things Arthurian, so I get asked questions like this more than you’d think. I welcome… Continue reading Would the real King Arthur please stand up?
The BBC has commissioned four new adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays: Richard II, Henry IV (parts one and two) and Henry V, to be shown in a sort of miniseries dubbed The Hollow Crown. Richard II ‘Within the hollow crown That rounds the mortal temples of a king Keeps Death his court and there the… Continue reading The Hollow Crown