Monthly Archives: December 2015

2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 40,000 times in 2015. If it were a … Continue reading

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‘Spices I have, in my Ships’: Crusaders, Caricatures and the Medieval Kitchen

The image above comes from a manuscript made in the late fourteenth century. The company of the French king, Charles V, sit at a lavish dining table as they watch a re-enactment of the Crusades – complete with an impressive prop … Continue reading

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A Siege of Herons and a Winter Forest: Carols, Poems and Stories for Christmas

When I emptied out my desk in search of Christmas cards, I realised I’d been stockpiling quite a bit. Wrapping paper with yew and ivy and Christmas berries on it; stocks of illuminated manuscripts; multiple versions of deer in winter (I … Continue reading

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A Medieval English Islamophobic Romance, Written in the Daily Mail

A few weeks ago, while I was busy with various things including signing an open letter written by my colleague*, I discovered in passing that a very small group of people I’d never met or spoken to were getting quite … Continue reading

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Tim Lott thinks Women Benefit from Oppression (Warning: Discussion of Suicide)

I was in two minds about writing this post, but I think I will. In May this year, Anna Mansfield killed herself. She was 44, and suffering from depression, but her family were unaware she was considering suicide, and it … Continue reading

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