Mark McGettigan found what turned out to be the first of three lost medieval sculptured stones at Govan Old Parish Church in Glasgow. belfasttelegraph.co.uk
In addition to containing the daily cycle of prayer, Books of Hours sometimes include magical spells or incantations, reflecting their lay owners’ concerns over physical and spiritual dangers. Stowe MS 16, a Book of Hours produced in London shortly before 1410, is an interesting example. This manuscript is mainly known to scholars because it includes a miniature of the Annunciation that has been attributed to Herman Scheerre (fl. c. 1388–c. 1422), a Flemish or German illuminator who was one of the most influential artists in early 15th-century England. blogs.bl.uk
The Hours of the Virgin Mary (London, c. 1410): Stowe MS 16, f. 9r
Geneticist Turi King tells Jim Al-Khalili how she confirmed that the 500-year-old skeleton found underneath a car park in Leicester was the body of Richard III. BBC Radio 4
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Even after the Normans conquered England, Old English (the oldest form of the vernacular) continued to be spoken throughout the country. It continued to be used in books produced in monasteries there for at least a century after William the Conqueror’s invasion.
One excellent example of this is found in the Old English Illustrated Herbal. Originally made in Canterbury in the early 11th century, this manuscript contains Old English translations of a collection of Latin remedies, illustrated with numerous paintings of plants and animals. blogs.bl.uk
Europe’s oldest intact book has been discovered after being closed inside a hermit monk’s coffin for over 400 years. It will go on display at the British Library as part of an exhibition featuring prized manuscripts like the Lindisfarne Gospels and Beowulf. The show is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see how medieval Anglo-Saxons depicted their own culture through early writings. MyModernMet.com
The Holyrood Church ruins are on the corner of High Street and Bernard Street. Southampton has numerous other medieval relics spread throughout the otherwise modern city, and it’s worth taking the time to seek them out. AltasObscura.com
On a sleepy, off-the-beaten-track peninsula jutting into Ireland’s River Shannon, you can wander through Rindoon, one of Ireland’s most enigmatic deserted medieval towns. Though it was once one of the area’s most important towns, it has slept undisturbed for centuries. AtlasObscura.com