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Ghostly Faces and Invisible Verse Found in Medieval Marginalia

Black-Book-Imaging-Medieval-Manuscript

Ghostly faces and lines of verse previously invisible to the naked eye have been uncovered in the oldest surviving medieval manuscript written entirely in Welsh. “The Black Book of Carmarthen,” dating to 1250, contains texts from the ninth through 12th centuries, including some of the earliest references to Arthur and Merlin. “It’s easy to think…

Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture on medieval poetry

The British Academy’s prestigious Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture will take place in Bristol this year. The lecture, on Personifications of old age in medieval poetry, will be given by Professor Ad Putter, of the University of Bristol’s Department of English. Medieval poets were fond of personification allegory for reasons that modern readers do not…