Category Archives: Irene O’Daly

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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Toilet humour?

By Irene O’Daly One of the things that I first noticed when I moved from Ireland to Leiden was how clean the streets were, at least compared to Dublin.  Not only is there relatively little litter, but there is also … Continue reading

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“Everything looks better in black and white”?

By Irene O’Daly A recent feature on the Acropolis Museum website caught my eye. It gives viewers the opportunity to colour the Peplos Kore, a statue from the Acropolis site.  It’s hard to imagine the Acropolis looking anything other than … Continue reading

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Leeds International Medieval Congress 2012: A Survivor’s Guide

By Irene O’Daly Last September, just like clockwork, the deadline for a proposal submission to the Leeds International Medieval Congress (IMC) rolled around.  It was my fifth time submitting a proposal and, at the time, fresh in my new position … Continue reading

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“Writing Europe before 1450”: Bergen, 3-5 June, 2012

By Irene O’Daly This week, a group of medievalists gathered in Bergen in Norway for the Writing Europe before 1450 conference, co-organised by the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bergen, and the School of English at the University of … Continue reading

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The first medieval poster?

By Irene O’Daly Last week I was doing some work on life in the medieval classroom and I came across an account in a letter of Gerbert of Rheims (later Pope Sylvester II) of a teaching-aid he had designed for … Continue reading

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‘Turning Darkness into Light’: Depictions of the Medieval Scribe

By Irene O’Daly Last week we were treated to a wonderful lecture on VLF 4 – a large-scale manuscript of Pliny’s Natural History by Mary Garrison.  Garrison debated the origins of the manuscript, drawing attention to the fact that few … Continue reading

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