Catastrophe, cultural memory, and the ‘dust veil’ of 536

What can Old Norse accounts of Fimbulvetr (‘Great Winter’) tell us about cultural memory of the 'dust veil' of  536 throughout Europe? In his new article (now live on the Cerae website), Andrea Maraschi explores just that; he introduces his research for us here. But more than that, writing from Italy in the midst of the … Continue reading Catastrophe, cultural memory, and the ‘dust veil’ of 536

Sir Joseph Banks and the Medieval Icelandic Saga

In this article, our social media editor Matt Firth looks at the career of Joseph Banks (1743-1820), and the collection of Icelandic texts he left the British Library… For Australians, Joseph Banks (1743-1820) is a familiar name from our colonial history. In fact, I suspect that for most of us, setting aside James Cook, his … Continue reading Sir Joseph Banks and the Medieval Icelandic Saga

A Treasury of Early Irish Literature – BL Manuscript Egerton 1782

In this article, our editor Christina Cleary takes a look at BL MS Egerton 1782, a 16th century Irish manuscript that preserves Early Irish tales that have not otherwise survived the centuries… The vellum manuscript known as Egerton 1782, housed by the British Library, is an extremely valuable source for the study of Early Irish … Continue reading A Treasury of Early Irish Literature – BL Manuscript Egerton 1782

CFP Leeds IMC 2020 Panel: ‘Minority and Marginalised Experiences’

Call for Papers ‘Minority and Marginalised Experiences’ International Medieval Congress 2020, Leeds Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies invites abstracts for papers on the theme of ‘Minority and Marginalised Experiences’ for the International Medieval Congress 2020. Recent scholarship has begun to acknowledge that the focus of Medieval and Early Modern Studies … Continue reading CFP Leeds IMC 2020 Panel: ‘Minority and Marginalised Experiences’

La Rochelle and the Roman de Melusine

In this article, our deputy reviews editor Kirsty Bolton takes a look at the medieval port town of La Rochelle, its legendary founder, and its fraught political history... In June, I spent a few days in La Rochelle, a medieval port town on the south west coat of France. It was supposed to be an anniversary trip … Continue reading La Rochelle and the Roman de Melusine

Reading Sallust in Medieval Political and Intellectual Culture

How was the classical historian Sallust read in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, and what does this reveal about medieval moral thought? These are the questions Philippa Byrne asks in her new article (now live on the Cerae website). Philippa introduces it for us here on the blog, taking a look at how the research … Continue reading Reading Sallust in Medieval Political and Intellectual Culture

Introducing… the social media editor

This post is the first in a series in which the academics behind Cerae will introduce themselves and their research, to give a flavour of the diverse people and interests contributing to the running of a burgeoning academic journal. I'm Kirsty and I'm the social media editor for Cerae, so I manage this blog and … Continue reading Introducing… the social media editor