Postcards from the Archives

Women's Literary Culture Before the Conquest

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 […]


Conceiving Histories: Re-Materialising An Empty Archive

The Conceiving Histories Exhibition at the Peltz Gallery, Birkbeck, University of London is the culmination of an innovative collaboration between my fellow medievalist, Isabel Davis, and the visual artist, Anna Burel, which focuses on what they call ‘un-pregnancy’ or ‘pregnancy feigned, imagined, hidden and difficult to diagnose’. Artwork by Anna Burel   Walking in to […]


The Nurse’s Tale: Histories, Archives and Forgotten Women.

RAF personnel unloading baggage for a group of Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service at Cherbourg, having disembarked from the liner BIARRITZ, 16 September 1939. Eva McIntosh is in the centre of the photo, at the foot of the gangplank. By the War Office official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. 21 July 2017 is the official […]


Medieval Women Readers: Eve of Wilton and the Pearl Maiden.

The Middle-English alliterative dream poem, Pearl, that appears uniquely in British Library MS Cotton Nero A.X, is illustrated with four miniatures. In the first, the narrator falls asleep. The second shows him in his dream, walking through a garden. In the third, still dreaming, he encounters a figure, the Pearl-Maiden, who is on the other […]


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