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Hannah Skoda
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NOSTALGIA 2 I've published an article in BBC History Magazine on medieval nostalgia here .  They've illustrated it beautifully, and I think it gives a nice flavour of what I'm up to.  I hope that people enjoy it! December from the Tres Riches Heures of the ...
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NOSTALGIA My current monograph project examines nostalgia in the long fourteenth century.  When I started work on this, I hadn't really stopped to think quite how pervasive nostalgia is.  I'm used to my own personal rosy-tinted view of the past - and I thin...
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On Wednesday, I went to the opening of the exquisite OPUS
ANGLICANUM exhibition at the V and A.  It is a treasure-house of elaborate
and exquisite works of art.  It makes the point very effectively that if
embroidery is a skilled craft, it is also art of gr...
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EU solidarity letter One of the many aspects of Brexit which distresses me is the sense that many of our European counterparts may feel betrayed or judge Britain as a whole because of the result. Together with colleagues, I have therefore written open  lett...
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MISERY source: wikipedia The beginning of last week was, for me, comically awful.  I returned from a weekend in Germany to find that my bank card had been blocked for no apparent reason, my phone had over-heated and died, our boiler had leaked, destroyed th...
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Fashion I don't think I could be called fashionable by any stretch of the imagination, but having new clothes is always a nice feeling - unless you let yourself think about suffering and exploitation which goes into so much clothing production and 'fast fas...
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Prudence inquired, "Have I done too much?" and enthusiasm or compassion, "Might I not, perhaps, have done more? I'm reading the autobiography of Iris Origo at the moment.  She was a fascinating woman, born in 1902 to an aristocratic Anglo-Irish mother, and ...
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HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is the depiction of the giving of New Year gifts, for the Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry . It's a jolly image, but one which seems to me fraught with tension and competition.  The manuscript was famously illuminated by the Limbourg ...
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CHRISTMAS WISHES I'm sorry that I'm a bit late wishing anyone who is nice enough to read my blog a very happy Christmas! We're in Germany for Christmas.  My son has had a wonderful time learning to skate on a rink outside the Cathedral in Wetzlar. I took hi...
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MEDIEVAL MONSTERS An animal rather popular in medieval bestiaries, which repelled its enemies by farting fiery fumes of excrement.  This image is from Douai, Bibliotheque municipale, ms. 711, fol 8r , source here:  http://discardingimages.tumblr.com/ The da...
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