King Arthur · Lincoln Thornton manuscript · PhD

Guest Post: Four years down the PhD road…

Happy New Year to one and all! I hope that 2013 is treating you all well so far, and if not, that you manage to whip it into submission soon. As it’s a new year I’ve decided to do something different. Despite appearances I haven’t time-travelled ahead by four years – I’m not writing this… Continue reading Guest Post: Four years down the PhD road…

Medieval Literature · PhD · Uncategorized · York

Why I decided to quit my job and move 200 miles to do a PhD

Next month will see me out of paid employment, packing a suitcase, picking up my life and leaving my home in the balmy south-east to start a new life in the great unknown…the north of England! What could induce a young professional in her mid-twenties do such a thing? What indeed… Last week I had… Continue reading Why I decided to quit my job and move 200 miles to do a PhD

King Arthur · Nennius · The Arthurian Legend · The Arthurian Tradition · Uncategorized

The Arthurian Tradition: Historia Brittonum

In this instalment of the Arthurian Tradition I look at the Historia Brittonum and consider how a Trojan migrant, a fatherless boy, an unbuildable tower and twelve pivotal battles merge together in the next stage of Arthuriana in the British Isles. The Historia Brittonum The Historia is a frenetic journey through time and place, written… Continue reading The Arthurian Tradition: Historia Brittonum

London · Medieval buildings · Medieval kings and queens

St Katharine’s by the Tower: London’s Forgotten Medieval Hospital

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that a while ago I said I wanted to write a guided walk around medieval sites in London. I started writing, but it soon became clear that it would be far too long for a single post! So in order to do each place justice… Continue reading St Katharine’s by the Tower: London’s Forgotten Medieval Hospital

Gildas · King Arthur · The Arthurian Legend · The Arthurian Tradition · Uncategorized

The Arthurian Tradition: Gildas

You may have noticed that I haven’t written anything in a while. As anyone who follows me on Twitter will undoubtedly be aware (because I went on about it all the time), I handed in my Masters dissertation last month amid a wild whirligig of jubilation, relief and severe sleep-deprivation. Completing that piece of work… Continue reading The Arthurian Tradition: Gildas

King Arthur · The Arthurian Legend · The Arthurian Tradition · Welsh tradition · Y Gododdin

The Arthurian Tradition: Y Gododdin

Last month I promised to start a new monthly feature on the origins and development of the Arthurian legends (Would the real King Arthur please stand up?, 2nd July 2012). My Masters dissertation has kept me busy these past few weeks, but it is finally my pleasure to welcome you to the first instalment of… Continue reading The Arthurian Tradition: Y Gododdin

Medieval Literature · Medieval saints · The Book

The St Cuthbert Gospel – medieval Kindle?

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?