Isidore, Burckhardt and Brown (Guest Blog by David Ganz)

In a fine article on Burckhardt's Cultural History of the Greeks, Glen Bowersock pointed out how so many of Burckhardt's insights into Late Antiquity, and among the comments in his magnificent Lectures on the Study of History, are also to be found in the works of Peter Brown.[1] Both of them scholars of prodigious erudition,… Continue reading Isidore, Burckhardt and Brown (Guest Blog by David Ganz)

The Merovingian Kingdoms in Mediterranean Perspective (by David Ganz)

In December 2014 a conference was held in Berlin, called 'East and West in the Early Middle Ages: The Merovingian Kingdoms in Mediterranean Perspective'. This guest post, kindly supplied by leading early medieval palaeographer David Ganz, provides an overview of the topics discussed at the event. With many of the current leading figures in Merovingian… Continue reading The Merovingian Kingdoms in Mediterranean Perspective (by David Ganz)

On Palaeography

In Cambridge, at the end of last week, there was a smallish conference on Caroline minuscule, organised by a new network launched by two students of Rosamond McKitterick’s. It is now 23 years since the great Bernhard Bischoff, the undisputed master of early medieval palaeography, died after a long and distinguished career, and his influence… Continue reading On Palaeography

Time-Reckoning and Science: The Fifth Galway Conference

Every two years since 2006, the National University of Ireland in Galway has hosted a big international conference dedicated to 'computistical science' in the Middle Ages. (Usually supported by IBM, believe it or not). The line-up for this year's conference has just been announced - in full below - and, quite frankly, it looks just… Continue reading Time-Reckoning and Science: The Fifth Galway Conference