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Query re. Rob Poulton, “Saxon and Medieval Staines and its hinterland”

Your assistance would be appreciated with the following question; should you be able to answer it, please add a comment below, or contact David Essex directly, or correspond c/o the Forum and we’ll pass your message along to him. Merci d’avance!

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It Never Rains But It Pours: Peter Brown

More Princeton Medievalist news, I’m afraid:

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(almost an event – a Medieval item, anyway, of possible interest)

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New Medievalising Blog

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News/comment: Wales offers £25k to attract PhDs

The University of Wales is offering what it says is one of the world’s highest paying PhD schemes to encourage fresh thinking in Welsh companies.
Students on the Prince of Wales Innovation Scholarships programme will receive an annual stipend of £20,000 and a research grant of £5,000.
All their tuition fees will also be paid. The aim is to recruit 100 of the world’s best graduates.

[No comment from Admin. Apart from bringing this to the attention of prospective pre-doctoral Medievalists and Renaissanceurs…]
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New publication: history of the Uí Bairrche of Leinster

(2nd – 12th c.) From “Origins, history and genealogy of the Tracey/Tracy/Treacy/Treacey family name in Ireland”

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Of possible interest to Irish academics in recession-ridden times

UPDATED 27 NOVEMBER 2008…
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Dr Carrie Griffin in the news…

Our very own co-ordinatrix Dr Griffin spoke recently at NUI Maynooth’s Medieval and Renaissance Forum, in association with National Science Week. I’ve just discovered that the event has been reported rather more widely afield:

The blog and news-collector News for Medievalists is circulating Plagues, Barbers and Humours: A look at Medicine in the High Middle Ages worldwide, and it is spreading further verily and as we speak; being an Irish Times article (Dick Ahlstrom) of 12 November.

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Exhibition: “Renaissance Faces”; National Gallery, London; 15 October 2008 – 18 January 2009

Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck to Titian
15 October 2008 – 18 January 2009

Sponsored by AXA

This landmark exhibition explores the dramatic rise of portraiture in the Renaissance. It features works by the great masters of Northern and Southern Europe, including Raphael, Titian, Botticelli, Van Eyck, Holbein, Dürer, Lotto, Pontormo and Bellini. Continue reading

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Exhibition: “Byzantium 330-1453”; Royal Academy of Arts, London; 25 October 2008 – 22 March 2009

Unknown artist, Incense burner, 10th-11th c. Byzantium 330-1453
Royal Academy of Arts, London; in the Main Galleries
Until 22 March 2009

Supported by The J.F. Costopoulos Foundation, the A.G. Leventis Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

This ground-breaking exhibition, a collaboration between the Royal Academy of Arts and the Benaki Museum in Athens, provides a grand-scale survey of 1,000 years of history. Highlighting the splendours of the Byzantine Empire, ‘Byzantium 330–1453’ incorporates over 300 objects. Some of the works have never been displayed in public before.

See the RA’s [exemplary] “Plan your visit” page for full logistical information: location, maps and suggestions on transport, opening hours, contact details; see “Tickets” on how to purchase and prices (from GBP 0 for the under-7s  and for pre-booked groups of 10 or more students, up to GBP 12.00 for adults).

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FMRSI Resources: The Next Steps

The Administratrix is currently planning what to do with the RESOURCES page/section next. Herewith follows the current state of the thinking taxonomical at present. The basic categorization settled on: ARTES LIBERALES – ARTES MECHANICAE – RERUM ANTIQUARUM – MODERNITAS. Continue reading

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Dr Swift’s favourite seanfhocal …

[ … kindly provided to warm us up, gear us up, and generally get us in the mood for the only Old Norse language course currently available in Ireland, hosted by Mary Immaculate College, Limerick … I now hand over to the good Dr Swift … ]

In the meantime, you might enjoy some of the following Scandinavian seanfhocal – my personal favorite is Ey getr kvikr kú !!!!

Engi skulu vera voðaverk
There are no such thing as accidents
Grágás K §92

Eftir koma ósvinnum ráð í hug
Caution comes afterwards for fools
‘Hrólfs Saga Kraka ok Kappa hans’ in Fornaldar Sögur Norðurlanda, ed. Guðni Jónsson.
Reykjavík, 1959. Vol. I 46.91

Margt er kynligt á ferð ok flug
Many wonders are afoot and aflight.
‘Hrólfs Saga Kraka ok Kappa hans’ in Fornaldar Sögur Norðurlanda, ed. Guðni Jónsson.
Reykjavík, 1959. Vol. I 2. 3

Ár skal rísa sá er annar vill fé eða fj
ǫr hafa
Get up early if you want someone’s life or money.
Hávamál 58.

Ey getr kvikr kú.
The quick always get the cow.
Hávamál 70.

Deyr fé, deyja frændr.
Cattle die, kinsmen die.
Hávamál 76.

Ey sér til gildis gjǫf.
A gift always calls for a gift.
Hávamál 145.

Vituð ér enn eða hvat?
Are you seeking wisdom, or what?
Vǫluspá 48

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NEWS: Irish Web Awards (11 October 2008)

Moviestar.ie Irish Web Awards
11 October 2008
The Radisson SAS Royal Hotel, Dublin

We’re in the category of Most Beautiful Website in Ireland … and the competition is very stiff. The page of nominees is well worth looking at out of interest; I for one have been picking up new good design tips. I have no idea how this sort of thing and the attached voting work, other than what’s on the Awards Scorecard page, so we will have to wait and see. I like to think that any publicity is good publicity, especially in spreading the joys of Medieval-and-Renaissance-ism!

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POST-GRADUATES: Message from the GSC of the MAA

[Message from the Graduate Student Committee of the Medieval Academy of America: includes welcoming non-American-based post-graduate students. In case you might not have yet met them, the MAA is old, venerable, the largest Medieval Studies organization in the world, and above all excellent.] Continue reading

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CALL FOR WISDOM: Monastic Gardens

QUESTION: MONASTIC GARDENS
Originally posted on the Village Green (16 August, 2008) by Carrie Griffin, on behalf of Lorraine Foley: can anyone help?

“I am a student of horticulture and researching for my final year thesis on monastic gardens in Ireland. I live near Trim, Co. Meath and so my attention is on Newtown abbey there. I would love any information that may support my idea that monastic and herbal gardens were in that location and also source the type of plants used in that era. Are there any records or archaeology studies on this subject?

I would be very grateful for any information at all. I have read much material but I cannot support my ideas yet.”

Please leave comments for Lorraine here, or contact her through one of the coordinators.

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“Why do we sing?” programme on BBC Radio 4

(accessible from 19 to 25 August 2008)

Listen to the audio clipGo to the website

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Dr Juliet O’ Brien on Newstalk 106

Tune in to listen to our own Juliet O’ Brien, who will be one of the panelists on Newstalk 106’s Talking History at 19.00 on Sunday 24th August! The topic will be Joan of Arc.

Make us proud, Juliet!! (And don’t forget to mention FMRSI!)

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“Oenach” – the FMRSI’s Journal title

In philologically proper manner, here is the entry for OENACH from, appropriately, the Electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language (eDIL): Continue reading

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Medieval musical comedy (of sorts)

For anyone interested both in comedy and medieval musical theory, check out this lovely Youtube clip (in French with English sub-titles), which really amused the Forum Directors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jhHAojVyeG0

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