Out of the Margins

A woman illuminating the ‘Book of the Prudent and Imprudent’, by Catherine d’Amboise, 1507 © Leonard de Selva/Bridgeman Images.

Will the pandemic see a boom in local history, or will it spur a desire for global perspectives? Perhaps both.

the Parish Church of St Mary and  St Eanswythe, Folkestone, c.1890 Courtesy Library of Congress, Washington DC/Wikimedia/Creative Commons.

The recent discovery of an Anglo-Saxon saint’s relics reminds us of the fragility of human life and the power of hope.

Battle of Assandun, showing Edmund Ironside (left) and Cnut the Great. (Matthew Paris, Chronica Majora, Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS. 26, fol. 80v)

There is nothing new about political divisions, nor attempts to heal them.

Fra Angelico’s Deposition  from the Cross (detail), 1436 © Bridgeman Images.

It is a pity when specialist historians condescend to an enthusiastic public.

A sailor’s return: a display case of smoking paraphernalia at Nottingham’s Brewhouse Yard Museum. Alamy.

Provincial museums, easy to overlook, remind us that everywhere matters.

Saint of female learning: Catherine of Alexandria, by Onorio Marinari, c.1670 © Wallace Collection, London/Bridgeman Images

We should take more notice of the work of those once despised and disregarded.

Conservator Claire Reed with the remains of a drinking vessel discovered at Prittlewell, Essex, in 2003 © Press Association Images

Archaeologists and historians are on the same side, despite what journalists say.

Not so wise: an owl is mobbed by smaller birds, from an English bestiary, 1230-40.

After 800 years, a playful medieval poem still offers lessons in how not to debate. 

Word up: the demon Titivillus, medieval wall painting, St Mary, Melbourne, Derbyshire.

A medieval masterpiece has much to say about the modern preoccupation with greed.

City on the hill: the south-west face of Lincoln Cathedral. Illustration by Arthur Wilde Parsons, 1888.

An Icelandic scholar exemplifies the rich cultural exchanges of the Middle Ages.