Category Archives: Irene O’Daly

Leeds International Medieval Congress 1-4 July, 2013

By Irene O’Daly For every medievalist, the surest sign of summer is not an increase in temperatures, or the prospect of holidays, but the rolling around of the annual Leeds IMC. This year the conference had a new home, moving … Continue reading

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I Love Paris in the Springtime… A User’s Guide to the BnF

By Irene O’Daly Say the words Bibliothèque nationale de France to any manuscript researcher and it tends to invite a series of anecdotes – usually horror stories about long days trawling through blurry microfilms, refusals of access to manuscripts, and its … Continue reading

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Navigating the Digital World

By Irene O’Daly Recently, the library of Trinity College, Dublin made their most famous manuscript, the Book of Kells free to view online. While this is a welcome move, I was disappointed by the relative lack of browsing ease that … Continue reading

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Secrets of the Page: Palimpsests

By Irene O’Daly On Monday evening (11.02.13) a full house was present at the University Library for an entertaining and fascinating lecture by Will Noel, director of the Schoenberg Institute  and formerly curator of manuscripts at the Walters Art Museum, … Continue reading

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Library or Labyrinth?

By Irene O’Daly A book that has probably done more than any other to introduce people (including myself) to the world of the medieval library is Umberto Eco’s masterpiece The Name of the Rose. Published in 1980, it was translated … Continue reading

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The Eternal City through Medieval Eyes

By Irene O’Daly A visitor to Rome cannot but be overwhelmed by the constant reminders of its past – as indeed I was on a research trip to the city last week.  While the Colosseum and Forum wowed, as a … Continue reading

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FMRSI Conference: Transmission, Translation and Dissemination in the European Middle Ages, 1000–1500 AD, UCC, 28-29 September 2012

By Irene O’Daly Last month (28-29 September) I had the pleasure of attending a conference entitled Transmission, Translation and Dissemination in the European Middle Ages, 1000–1500 AD at University College, Cork.  The conference was organised by the Forum for Medieval … Continue reading

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