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…
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
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
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
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
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
This post was going to be my first monthly Arthurian piece (on the Welsh text Y Gododdin) but that post will have to wait. Something more important has happened, and I must write about it. Last week I lost my stepdad, David. Actually, I never called him ‘stepdad’ whilst he was alive, but that’s what… Continue reading Memories of a StepQueen
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