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Alec Ryrie
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Ada Palmer
So today, a new experience: reading a scholarly article which is so interesting and so well-written that you end by asking yourself, 'who is  this person? Has she written anything else? She should write a novel!' And then by googling her and discovering tha...

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JEH 68/4: Pray the friendly skies
JEH covers all aspects of the history of Christianity, and that unashamedly includes the legal, administrative and financial minutiae of church life. These topics have a reputation for being dull. Perhaps sometimes they are. But it is always worth reading t...

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Psychedelic rhino
So Anne Southwell, the poet, in her commonplace book at the Folger Shakepeare Library, has amongst other things a page and a half of notes
from Edward Topsell’s bestiary The historie of foure-footed beastes (1607). What is fun about this is how she distills...

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Servus servorum Dei
The estimable Michelle Beer, whose forthcoming book on the courts of Queens Catherine of Aragon (in England) and Margaret Tudor (in Scotland) I’m overseeing for the Royal Historical Society’s Studies in History series, draws my attention to a telling little...

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JEH 68/3: Lighten our darkness
I studied the early Frankish kingdom for a term as an undergraduate: enough to be able to bluff my way through a 90-second conversation on the difference between Merovingians and Carolingians, which for casual conversational purposes is usually enough. But ...

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We all fall down
I’ve just finished examining an outstanding Australian MPhil thesis which, amongst other things, put me in mind of James Cameron’s Aliens . Bring out your dead! Olivia Formby of the University of Queensland has written a terrific thesis, building on Keith W...

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Really surprisingly cheerful
Perhaps you don’t need reasons to be cheerful. After all, everyone lost, so everyone also won. Hurray! But while you amuse yourself with trying to work out how we can possibly now get a functioning government, and who in any of the parties could be a credib...

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Religio medici
So, at our History of Christianity seminar this week we had a fascinating paper from Mark Hutchinson on how Protestant theology influenced political concepts of liberty across England and Ireland in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, which was too subtl...

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Incarnation at the Met
In the midst of my somewhat dazing trip to the US last week to promote the new book, I was able to take a couple of hours to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art - which, having not been to New York since I was a child, I don't believe I've ever been to bef...

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The basket of inedibles
Only a medieval theologian. I have read and heard the various versions of the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand (or four thousand) innumerable times, but this point had literally never occurred to me. I learn today* that Nicholas of Lyra’s difficu...
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