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The alliterative tradition in slow motion

This past weekend, I presented a paper at the New England Medieval Conference at Northeastern University. I’ve also been elected to a three-year term on the steering committee of this traveling medieval studies conference. 1,117 more words


Is Texting Ruining our Language?

As an undergraduate, one of my lecturers once said that language is a tug-of-war between laziness and comprehensibility. Laziness, and our desire to communicate with as little effort as possible will make language change, but our need for comprehension will temper how much it changes. 14 more words

New Septuagint Manuscripts at the Vatican

The Vatican Library has been doing a bang-up job of digitizing manuscripts. Two new manuscripts that witness the text of the Septuagint were uploaded recently: 59 more words

Chasing Vivien Eliot: Manuscripts

My Oxford evening is full of cigar smoke along the street, lamp light and English voices yah-yahing outside old pubs.

Where do I begin? With neighbours that claw my mind and have stolen my sleep or the sweet old man on my bus teaching me natural history? 701 more words


The Incredible Expandable Book

Like most objects, books are confined to the space they occupy, obedient as they are to the laws of nature. That is to say, unlike the Incredible Hulk, they do not normally expand beyond the limits of their own physicality. 1,275 more words


History of Midwifery

For many years the responsibility for delivering children lay in the hands of women.  Female midwives would attend to women in labour and with no formal training learnt their skill from experienced, older midwives.  562 more words