Last first, I have now got mail alerting me to, as well as the Institute of Historical Research’s Earlier Middle Ages Seminar, the new Cambridge Late Antique Network Seminar and the forthcoming medievalness of the Creighton Lecture, the University College London Medieval Interdisciplinary Seminar, which is being kicked off this year by no less a figure than Michael Wood, finally bringing his work on England and his work on India together. That looks exciting enough to drag me to what will be the first of three seminars that week, my goodness but it is happening. The webpage I’ve been directed to by this mail is not there (argh), so I give the programme below. I’m told that the London Society for Medieval Studies also has a very lively programme with Wendy Davies among others in it, but until they actually get their fingers out and get it on the web (academics! learn how to edit HTML! for heavens’ sake!) I can’t tell you more.
27th October 2008
Michael Wood (Broadcaster & Historian) – Cholans & West Saxons: kingship & court culture in Tenth Century India & England
24th November 2008
Jane Garnett (Wadham, Oxford) & Gervase Rosser (St Catherine’s, Oxford) – The presence of miraculous images in the Middle Ages
19th January 2009
Joe Canning (Cambridge) – Power & authority in the political thought of Marsilius of Padua
2nd of February 2009
Peter Biller (York) – Putting heretics to the question: the case of Bernard Gui
16th March 2009
Eamon Duffy (Magdalene, Cambridge) & David d’Avray (UCL) – Mary Douglas among the historians: reflection, response, insight
18th May 2009
Matthew Kempshall (Wadham, Oxford) – Rhetoric & the Writing of History, 400-1500
There’s some pretty good stuff there, and even that which might not interest me normally is being given by such good people that I will go, like as not, just because I might learn something.
Now, onto matters more local. You’ll doubtless have noticed if, like a tiny fraction of the readers here, you ever click any of my links, that WordPress runs this Snap program which pops you up a preview window of the site you’re about to visit. I find this gets in my way something terrible, but is conceptually quite cute, and I’ve retained it believing that it might be useful to you the readers. Now, however, I learn that it’s giving, for one, Professor Nokes of the Unlocked Wordhoard difficulties because it clogs his computer, and though he is getting a new machine, I wonder if there are more of you. I won’t be at all sorry to switch it off (like most WordPress features, it’s configurable), but would anyone reading miss it? Speak up if you want it retained, otherwise I’ll junk it once this post moves off the front page.
I’m sure the next post will be more medieval, but at the time of writing I’ve only got a book review that I probably shouldn’t even write to think about, so I can’t guarantee anything…