Open Access: The Global Eminent Life

Today marks the release of the latest volume of Medieval Worlds - the excellent, open-access journal launched in 2015 by the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The journal's mission is to provide a forum for 'comparative, interdisciplinary and transcultural studies of the Middle Ages', and 'to overcome disciplinary boundaries, regional limits and national research traditions in… Continue reading Open Access: The Global Eminent Life

Writing ‘Early Medieval Hagiography’

“How is your book… your novel going?” Angus inquired politely as he sipped at his coffee. “The one about the Scottish saints?” Antonia sighed. “Not very well, I’m afraid. My saints, I regret to say, are misbehaving”. Love over Scotland, Alexander McCall Smith And indeed, for Antonia, they are. They get grumpy and might not… Continue reading Writing ‘Early Medieval Hagiography’

Writing about Holy People, East to West

There is a productive global turn in early medieval studies. The old concerns and many problems still remain. Still, big projects have been pushing western medievalists out of their traditional comfort zones, including Vienna’s Visions of Community, the PIMIC network, and Edinburgh’s forthcoming Classicising Learning in Medieval Imperial Systems. It is important to be attentive… Continue reading Writing about Holy People, East to West

Converting the Isles: Merovingian Podcast

It was a great pleasure to be part of a stimulating and successful conference last week on 'The Isles and the Wider World', as part of the Leverhulme 'Converting the Isles' Network. I will post a full write-up soon, but in the meantime you can listen to me talking about 'Martyrdom and the Rise of… Continue reading Converting the Isles: Merovingian Podcast