Leicester Medievalists Visit

We had a visit this week from various early medievalists from the University of Leicester who came to see some of our Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, as well as the early medieval coins in the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Leicester medievalists
Leicester medievalists

Several of the group were part of the ground-breaking interdisciplinary project, The Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain: evidence, memories, inventions. Although some of them are scholars of early medieval history or historical linguistics and thus very familiar with our manuscripts, other members of the team have backgrounds in population genetics, social psychology and archaeology. Looking at our manuscripts and understanding the context in which they were made, written, read and circulated plays a part in their wider investigations into British history and identity in the first millennium AD.

Leicester medievalists examining a Wulfstan manuscript
Leicester medievalists examining a Wulfstan manuscript

The project started in January 2011 and runs for 5 years.

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