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Lapidaries Rock: Medieval Books on Gems, Stones, and Minerals

By Julie Somers The medieval lapidary is essentially a book about stones, both precious and semi-precious gems and minerals as well as mythical stones that may never have existed. Closely linked to the bestiary, which has been discussed in previous … Continue reading

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Fireworks, Baseball and the Dog Days of Medieval Summer

By Julie Somers Since today is Independence Day in the States and many of my friends and family will be enjoying celebrations, today’s blog post takes a look at fireworks used as spectacle in the Middle Ages. First invented in … Continue reading

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Listening to the Text: The Medieval Speech Bubble

By Julie Somers My colleagues and I at the Turning Over a New Leaf Project spend a lot of time thinking, talking, and reading about, well, reading. More specifically, we question the various forms of reading, as well as the … Continue reading

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From Sound to Image, From Language to Culture; A Review of Medieval Academy of America Conference 2014

By Julie Somers Last week the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy of America was held at UCLA in California. Every year this conference brings together scholars from all over the world to discuss and share experiences related to their … Continue reading

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When is a Book not a Book? The Medieval Book Shrine.

By Julie Somers While browsing images of medieval treasure bindings, I noticed that one example I was looking at was not actually a book at all.  In fact, it was an ornamented wooden case made to closely resemble a book. … Continue reading

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Medieval Manuscripts in America

By Julie Somers Last week, a post by provided a map of the United States with all of the available programs offered in medieval studies. There are quite a number of institutions that have either a Certificate, M.A. or … Continue reading

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Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Antwerp Dialogue

By Julie Somers Against the backdrop of the beautiful convent of the Grauwzusters in Antwerp, Belgium the third and final interdisciplinary conference on ‘Nun’s Literacies’ took place June 4 – 7, 2013. Brought together by the pursuit to uncover the … Continue reading

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Digital Tools for Medieval Texts: Workshop at the Huygens ING

By Julie Somers At the Huygens ING in The Hague, researchers and program developers convened last week to discuss the creation of tools that are intended to help all ‘scholars-at-large’ of medieval manuscripts use digital technologies in useful ways. The … Continue reading

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Image Interrupted – The Unfinished Medieval Manuscript

By Julie Somers Recently, I received as a gift a pretty amazing coloring book full of images of medieval tapestries. Beautifully drawn copies of medieval masterpieces, yet empty and free to the possibility of re-creating them in my own fashion, … Continue reading

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Oh! The Places You’ll Go!: The Amazing Places Medieval Manuscripts Have Been Discovered.

Julie Somers Lately, as I investigate the networks along which medieval manuscripts traveled, my thoughts often turn to connections with my own books. When I look at my home library, although many of the stories remain with me, most of … Continue reading

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