Manuscripts and Special Collections

Tag: medieval

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Medieval Books

February 21st, 2011 at 11:02

Hot on the heels of Reading and Understanding Medieval Documents, a second new resource relating to the Middle Ages has just been made available in the ‘Research Guidance’ area of our website. Medieval Books contains information about how these beautiful artefacts were created. In an age before mass-production, each book was hand-made by a team [...]

Reading and Understanding Medieval Documents

February 16th, 2011 at 08:02

If you think you can’t read the two texts above, you are in good company. Most people would say that the handwriting is beautiful, that the documents as objects or artefacts are pleasing, but that they are impossible to read without a PhD. You might not even recognise that both are written in English! It [...]

Kalamazoo International Medieval Congress

May 28th, 2010 at 08:05

Contrary to popular opinion, Kalamazoo actually is a real place! Every May, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo plays host to 3,000 conference delegates for three and a half days of medieval scholarship. Most of those who attend are lecturers or researchers in universities in the U.S. and Western Europe, with just a few archivists and [...]

Wives, Widows and Wimples

May 4th, 2010 at 11:05

The story of Silence, a girl brought up as a boy; the imprisonment of Elizabeth Swillington, mistreated to get her to sign over her inheritance; John Gower’s poem ‘Traitié…pour essampler les amantz marietz’, praising fidelity in marriage; devotional literature presented as a moral alternative to tales of knights and their quests; controversy over women dressing [...]

Community Day

April 26th, 2010 at 10:04

Our section’s participation in the University’s Community Day seemed to present an ideal opportunity for me to try to post my first ever blog! It was a really successful day for us, so well done to all who contributed, especially Caroline as organiser, who looked great, and was an added attraction, in medieval costume. The [...]

The medieval Willoughby family

April 12th, 2010 at 11:04

Biographies and family trees of five medieval members of the Willoughby family have been added to the online Family & Estate Resource relating to the Middleton family of Wollaton Hall. The Willoughby family is descended from Ralph Bugge, a Nottingham merchant, who bought lands in Willoughby-on-the-Wolds, Nottinghamshire, in the thirteenth century. The family soon changed [...]

‘Saints, Sinners and Story Tellers’ exhibition opens soon

April 9th, 2010 at 11:04

Saints, Sinners and Story Tellers Medieval Wollaton Manuscripts at the University of Nottingham This new exhibition opens on Friday 30 April 2010 and continues in the Weston Gallery at the Lakeside Arts Centre on University Park until Sunday 1 August 2010. It features a local collection of manuscript volumes which offer an extraordinarily rich perspective [...]