Christ Enthroned, from the Book of Kells

Sacred Objects and Places

This week has been crazier than most, but mostly in a good way. It’s always crazy during Spring Lecture Series week, and this year, the 33rd in the annual series, has certainly kept me going. The lectures have been amazing, the lecturers have been generous, and the UNM Institute for Medieval Studies, headed by Dr. […]

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The shield boss and other hardware from the Sutton Hoo shield.

Protecting Your Head with Jesus: a Note on ‘Helm’

It’s always interesting to see what a culture uses in its material metaphors. For instance, while English-speaking couples talk to one another, one of the most common terms we see used is “dear,” which was something I always understood as just a placeholder for “someone I hold dear” when my parents would use it. Well, […]

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The purse lid from the Sutton Hoo ship burial, which is on display at the British Museum.

Stuff: Connecting Medieval to Modern

The reason I’m writing my dissertation on the material culture that appears in Old English poetry is because I’m like most of my fellow Americans: I dig stuff. I like things. I enjoy having, using, making, and breaking doodads, doohickeys, gizmos, gadgets, and gear. As someone who also enjoys thinking about the middle ages, and […]

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