Medievalism in The Rise of Skywalker

With the release of Star Wars, Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, the nine-part narrative that George Lucas began in 1977 has come to an end. That does not mean an end to Star Wars stories, but it does bring a conclusion to the main story arc. Like many other episodic narratives, more Star Wars … Continue reading Medievalism in The Rise of Skywalker

Preaching Apocrypha in Early England: Historiographic Currents

I've been thinking for a while about posting my talk from Kalamazoo 2019, and I've finally gotten around to doing that. I was invited to present about my work on apocrypha for a session titled "Old English Homilies I: New Discoveries, New Insight," sponsored by the Dictionary of Old English (DOE) and Electronic Corpus of … Continue reading Preaching Apocrypha in Early England: Historiographic Currents

Dragons in the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew

It's no secret that many people who love the Middle Ages also love dragons. We find dragons in literature like the Old English poem Beowulf, Norse sagas, saints' lives, romances, Arthurian legends, even historical chronicles. We also find dragons in modern fantasy literature inspired by medieval culture, like J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, Ursula … Continue reading Dragons in the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew

Forthcoming: “Modelling Medieval Hands: Practical OCR for Caroline Minuscule”

A few years ago, I wrote a post about some preliminary experiments I ran using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology on medieval manuscripts. Fortunately, after I wrote that up, I had quite a bit of feedback from others who had used OCR with older printed books, and with languages like Latin and Greek. At one … Continue reading Forthcoming: “Modelling Medieval Hands: Practical OCR for Caroline Minuscule”

Forthcoming: “A History of the Study of Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England”

I'm pleased to say that I have an article forthcoming in the December issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion, titled "A History of the Study of Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England." I was invited to submit this contribution because of the publication of my recent book, Preaching Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England. In my article … Continue reading Forthcoming: “A History of the Study of Apocrypha in Anglo-Saxon England”

Prefaces to the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew and Nativity of Mary

It's International Translation Day! Not coincidentally, September 30 is also the feast day of Saint Jerome (347-420), who translated the Bible into Latin (known as the Vulgate), as it was known for hundreds of years in medieval Western Europe. Jerome is also the patron saint of translators because of his reputation. Jerome's legacy as a … Continue reading Prefaces to the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew and Nativity of Mary

CFP: Putting Women in the Pulpit: A Roundtable about Women and Preaching

CFP: Putting Women in the Pulpit: A Roundtable about Women and Preaching Sponsored by the Society for the Study of Anglo-Saxon Homiletics at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), May 9-12, 2019 For over ten years at the ICMS, the Society for the Study of Anglo-Saxon Homiletics (SSASH) has … Continue reading CFP: Putting Women in the Pulpit: A Roundtable about Women and Preaching