12th-century copy of Consolation of Philosophy was written in Scotland, scholar finds

Dr Kylie Murray with the Boethius manucript - photo courtesy the University of Oxford

A twelfth-century copy of the ‘Consolation of Philosophy’ by Boethius, has been revealed to have been been written in Scotland, making it the oldest surviving non-biblical manuscript from that country.

Dervorguilla of Galloway: ‘Daughter of the Oath’

Dervorguilla of Galloway

Dervorguilla is a familiar figure in Scottish history, a lady of wealth, substance and impeccable pedigree. She is mentioned because she is the great grand-daughter of King David I, the mother of King John Balliol and she confirmed the foundation of a college at the University of Oxford, creating an endowment to ensure its future.

The Vatican and Oxford University team up to digitize 1.5 million pages of medieval manuscripts

Image from a Byzantine manuscript now digitized

The University of Oxford and the Vatican have jointly created a digital project that will put online over 1.5 million pages of medieval and biblical texts.

The Calamitous Fourteenth Century in England: All Doom and Gloom?

Medieval Science

This was a fantastic paper given at the Crown and Country in Late medieval England session at KZOO. There were only two papers but both were interesting and enjoyable. This paper delved into the history of science in late medieval England and examined why the fourteenth century, a time that is usually synonymous with doom and gloom, plague and uprising, wasn’t all that bad upon closer observation.

The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien released today

The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien

The poem, using Old English alliterative meter and written in modern English recounts how Arthur was a British military leader fighting the Saxon invasion, and includes characters such as Guinevere, Lancelot and Mordred.

Student Violence at the University of Oxford

Medieval Violence - 
"The amount of violence in medieval universities would be shocking by modern standards."

My first foray of KZOO 2013 couldn’t have been off to a better start with, “I just don’t want to die without a few scars”: Medieval Fight Clubs, Masculine Identity, and Public (Dis)order. There were only two papers in this session and both were riveting. I felt like I couldn’t type fast enough to get it all in! The first paper was given by Professor Andrew Larsen of Marquette University. Professor Larsen published a book on high and late medieval student violence and the Saint Scholastica’s Day Riot at Oxford university.

Reality and Truth in Thomas of York: Study and Text


The investigation is conducted through a study of opposites into which being is divided. These opposites are principally the one and the many, potency and act, truth and falsity.

Oxford Tolkien Spring School launched

tolkien school

Organised by Oxford University’s Faculty of English Language and Literature where Tolkien taught for most of his career, the spring school is aimed at those who have read some of Tolkien’s fiction and wish to learn more.

The Oxford Calculators

Oxford mathematician Richard of  Wallingford (1292–1336), a contemporary  of the Merton calculators, though any  evidence of a connection is lost

Oxford’s medieval philosophers deserve greater recognition, says Mark Thakkar

Medieval Nunnery excavated in Oxford

Professor Andrew Hamilton (left) inspects the excavation with project director Dr David Griffiths (right).  Photo courtesy University of Oxford

Hundreds of volunteers worked with archaeologists from the University of Oxford to excavate the site of a medieval nunnery, and have even uncovered a small group of prehistoric worked flints, including a beautiful Bronze Age arrowhead which is about 4000 years old.

University of Oxford and Vatican to digitize 1.5 million pages of historical texts

One of the Bodleian's newly digitised ancient texts is a manuscript from Venice dating from 1478. Photo courtesy University of Oxford

A collaboration between the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana at the Vatican will bring historical texts dating back to the Middle Ages into the digital era.

Bodleian Libraries Cairo Genizah collection now available online

geniza online

From the store room to the web: Bodleian launches website featuring its 25,000 Cairo Genizah fragments

A Question of Fish: Graduates and their Monasteries in the Middle Ages

Cistercian monks

I would like to contend that the impact of monk graduates upon the shape of medieval monasticism was for most communities very much smaller than historians have tended to suggest.

New App features Bodleian Treasures

Treasures of the Bodleian

The Bodleian Libraries have launched a mobile app featuring a selection of the rarest, most important and most evocative objects from the Bodleian collections.

Treasures of the Bodleian exhibition opens today

Marco Polo's travels, 14th Century - image courtesy University of Oxford

The Bodleian Libraries’ autumn exhibition ‘Treasures of the Bodleian’ opens to the public today (Friday 30 September). The exhibition will feature a selection of the Bodleian’s rarest, most important and most evocative items – from ancient papyri to medieval oriental manuscripts to twentieth-century printed books and ephemera. The exhibits are arranged into broad themes: the […]

Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah now available online

A page of the manuscript containing Maimonides' signature (Bodleian Libraries)

Oxford University’s Bodleian Libraries have digitized and made available online part of the first comprehensive code of Jewish Law, Mishneh Torah (http://maimonides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk). Written between 1170 and 1180 by the rabbinic scholar Rabbi Moses ben Maimon, known as Maimonides or by his Hebrew acronym Rambam, the Mishneh Torah is one of the most important manuscripts of […]

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