Exhibition – ‘Scholar, courtier, magician: The Lost Library of John Dee’

London, Royal College of Physicians. ‘Scholar, courtier, magician: The Lost Library of John Dee’ I’ve been researching Dee for nearly 4 years now, from MA to PhD, so it was not without some trepidation that I read the announcement of an exhibition of his life and books. What if this led me down an entirely […]

Inhabiting a Mythic Landscape: Alan Garner and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Phd Student Craig Wallace traces the influence of the Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the landscape and language of Alan Garner’s Boneland. Alan Garner’s most recent novel, Boneland (2012), features the siblings Colin and Susan Whisterfield, characters previously introduced as children over fifty years ago in his first two novels […]

Literacy and Print in Early Modern Germany and England

MA student Scott Eaton discusses the relationship between literacy and print in the Early Modern period…   Over the past two centuries world literacy rates have increased dramatically thanks to widespread education (for useful interactive graphs click here). For example, from 1450 to 1550, literacy rates in Germany and Britain climbed from 7% to around […]

Kalamazoo 2015

PhD candidate Rachel Reid shares her experience at Kzoo and suggests a few tips for other first-timers. In May of this year I made the medievalists’ pilgrimage to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the 50th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. Instead of providing a commentary on my trip this post is instead intended […]

PhD studentship at the University of Glasgow: “Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice”

Currently an MA student in the School of History, Rebecca Mason fills us in on her upcoming funded PhD project with the University of Glasgow… I will soon begin reading for a PhD in History at the University of Glasgow on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project entitled “Women Negotiating the Boundaries […]

What are the challenges of recovering the late medieval / early modern understanding of witchcraft?

Scott Eaton, MA student in the School of History, reports on the challenges he faces while researching his MA Dissertation topic… In today’s world we often think of a witch as an ugly old woman who keeps a black cat as a pet, wears a large crooked hat and cloak, and often flies across the […]

Borderlines XIX at QUB

 Borderlines XIX Translating the Past: Appropriating the Medieval and Early Modern Worlds 10th-12th April 2015 The 19th annual iteration of the Borderlines Medieval and Early Modern conference for post-graduate students welcomed more than 50 participants from across Ireland, the UK, and Europe to Queen’s University Belfast’s McClay Library over the Easter break. The theme for […]

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