Eleanor Parker

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. 

A scribe, probably Bede, from the Life and Miracles of St Cuthbert, English, 12th century.

If the English language had taken a different path, historians might not exist.

Female foundation: Minster Abbey in Thanet, Kent. (Brian Gibbs/Alamy)

Medieval women wielded spiritual and political power in subtly effective ways. 

Ragner’s reliquary: St Peter’s Church, Northampton.

The unlikely links between an obscure English saint and a Viking warrior.