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Medieval Manuscripts Alive: Middle French

Zrinka Stahuljak in the Manuscripts Study Room at the J. Paul Getty Museum
With the Romance of Gillion de Trazegnies in the Manuscripts Study Room

A chivalrous soap opera, read aloud. More»

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The Medieval Battle That Launched Modern English

Scenes from the Life of Saint Alexis in the St. Albans Psalter / Alexis Master
Dombibliothek Hildesheim

English owes its rich vocabulary to a military conquest that took place 947 years ago. More»

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What Do Paleographers Do?


It’s nothing to do with fossils—paleographers are specialists in old handwriting. More»

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      The Original Ent?

      The form of a man emerges from the roots of a tree shot by Eugene Atget in Saint-Cloud Park.

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