Postcards from the Archives

Women's Literary Culture Before the Conquest

Anglo-Saxon Women Writers and their Manuscripts in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

By Diane Watt, University of Surrey  Hugeburc’s name is hidden in a cipher in Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Codex latinus monacensis (Clm) 1086, fol. 71v. Wikimedia Commons. The project Women’s Literary History before the Conquest identifies early authors whose position as foremothers in the canon of English women’s writers has been overlooked for too long. Two of the most […]


A Manuscript for Nuns: Cardiff, Central Library, MS 1.381

By Diane Watt, University of Surrey  Cardiff, Central Library, MS 1.381, fol.94r. Decorated initial marking the beginning of the lections for  St Hildelith (c) Diane Watt. In Cardiff, Central Library, MS 1.381, a life of the fifth-sixth century Breton saint Winwaloe, abbot of Landévennec (fols.1r-80v) is bound together with a collection of lives of the saints […]


The Vienna Boniface Codex and the Origins of English Women’s Literary History

Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna. Image copyright Diane Watt. Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Cod. Lat. Vindobonensis 751 (the Vienna Boniface Codex), which dates to the second half of the ninth century, is one of the most significant manuscripts in the history of English women’s literary history. Included within a collection of letters relating to St Boniface (672-754) and his […]


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