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General Discussion / Re: Book of Kells On-line
« Last post by Bowerthane on April 25, 2022, 08:37:29 PM »
Ooooh,  ;D  what a joy.

Thank you, Phyllis!

General Discussion / Book of Kells On-line
« Last post by Phyllis on April 25, 2022, 01:43:51 PM »
For those of us unable to see it in person Trinity College Dublin has digitised the manuscripte and you can view it here:

General Discussion / AS leaders did not eat mainly meat?
« Last post by Blackdragon on April 21, 2022, 11:03:20 AM »
General Discussion / Re: Rare gold thrymsa found in Cambs
« Last post by Eanflaed on April 19, 2022, 05:39:16 PM »
Find of a lifetime!
News & Events / Jarrow Lecture 2022 (postponed from 2020)
« Last post by Phyllis on April 14, 2022, 01:40:34 PM »
Bede's Island
Professor Catherine E Kharkov FEA
Chair of Art History, University of Leeds
At Paul's Jarrow, NE32 3DZ
27th May 2022, 7.30 pm
Free entry, followed by refreshments
General Discussion / Re: What's Everyone Reading?
« Last post by geoff littlejohns on April 13, 2022, 09:33:40 PM »
I am reading 'Empires and Barbarians' by Peter Heather.  I have only just discovered this, apparently eminent, historian.  I am impressed by the good sense and judgement of what I am reading.
The book was published as long ago as 2009 and so Peter Heather has been writing for quite some years without me coming across his work before.  Although writing about northern Europe as a whole, his ideas have relevance to the Anglo-Saxon experience.
So I am wondering whether other gesithas have manged to be more up-to-date than I have and have already read & digested Peter Heather's arguments.  I would be interested to find out how influential he has become.
News & Events / Riddles in Conversation - Eventbrite
« Last post by Phyllis on April 01, 2022, 09:41:47 PM »
The first of four seminars in the 2022 Riddles in Conversation seminar series will be given by Judy Kendall, Reader in English and Creative Writing at the University of Salford. She writes both creatively and critically on visual text, poetic processes and Old English riddle translation.

General Discussion / Re: Lady Godiva talk
« Last post by Eanflaed on March 27, 2022, 11:01:11 PM »
If you can get hold of a copy of Michael Wood’s “In Search of England: journeys into England’s Past”, you will find he discusses the Norman Yoke at length. It must have been published last century though(!) as I remember it was the book I was reading as the millennium dawned!
General Discussion / Re: Lady Godiva talk
« Last post by Norman Yoke on March 25, 2022, 12:37:07 PM »
I’m delighted that you enjoyed the talk and many thanks for your kind words. It’d be wonderful to have Gesithas members in attendance at our History Indoors talks.

The next talk I am giving on this era is about Emma of Normandy. The sign ups are here:[size=78%] https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/who-was-emma-of-normandy-tickets-272181511227?aff=ebdsoporgprofile[/size]

We also have another History Indoors member who may give talks about the Anglo-Saxon/Norse period too.

I’ll get in contact with Jenny and Eanflaed. Thanks all! Also I’m pleased you like the username. My dad and I are planning to write a book one day about the theory of the Norman Yoke. Hopefully it’ll come to fruition!
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