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Dante, Fayrfax, Catherine of Aragon, and ‘Abbot Wheaty’

“Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita…” So begins the first canto of Dante Alighieri’s Divina Commedia. It’s perhaps one of the most famous opening lines in all Western literature – strange, perhaps, since it’s in medieval Italian. What’s also strange is that I’ve … Continue reading

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Discovering lost chant

This weekend I’ve been at Tudor Partbooks’s first Reconstruction workshop, at the Faculty of Music in Oxford University (so for me, it felt as if I was coming home!). One of the project’s aims is to recreate the lost tenor book … Continue reading

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New Tudor Partbooks website!

Breaking news! The Tudor Partbooks website is now live – you can find it at http://www.tudorpartbooks.ac.uk. Hope you enjoy reading about what we’re all up to!

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In which I almost succumb to dressing up as a Tudor…

Historical reenactments get a bit of a bad press. They’ve got an image of being incredibly nerdy (dare I say ‘weird’?) and ever-so-slightly sinister. On Midsomer Murders the members of the war reeactment society rub shoulders with serial killers, devil-worshippers and others … Continue reading

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A sixteenth-century showoff?

Happy New Year! It’s back to work for me. The dark mornings and post-Christmas torpor aren’t exactly doing very much for my morale at the moment – so to keep myself motivated for all the stuff I’ve got to do this … Continue reading

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On graffiti in books

So I was in Oxford all of last week, in the (rather wonderful) new Weston Library in the Bodleian, and indulging my nerdiness to the full. In particular I was looking at two very important Elizabethan manuscripts, Tenbury 1464 and … Continue reading

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Searching for Thomas Hyllary; or, This research lark’s not as easy as it looks

Among those studying and writing about Tudor manuscripts it seems there’s an expectation, even an obligation, in every piece of writing they produce to unveil the identity of a person hitherto unknown. It’s rather like peeling off a disguise, and … Continue reading

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