Launch of the Durham Priory Locelli Records

REED: Durham editors John McKinnell and Mark Chambers are very pleased to announce the launch of the pre-publication records from the Durham Priory locelli. The designation locelli (from Latin locellus, lit. ‘a little place’) originally referred to boxes or chests in which important documents were stored. Now referring to a category of important Priory documents, the Durham locelli contain […]

Launch of Records of Early English Drama for Berkshire

Today we share the exciting news that REED has launched its new digital edition of The Records of Early English Drama: Berkshire volume, edited by Alexandra F. Johnston. Moreover, the material is now freely available at REED Online, here:  https://ereed.library.utoronto.ca/. REED head office in Toronto adds the following: ‘We are pleased to make available the long-awaited records […]

“Workshop on Attitudes to Nudity in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period”

REED N-E’s own Mark Chambers will be speaking on ‘Nudity in the Medieval Drama’ at the workshop below, hosted by Durham University’s Institute for Medieval and Early Modern Studies: —REGISTRATION IS OPEN— [WORKSHOP] Laid Bare: Attitudes to Nudity in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period Saturday 10th March 2018 Senior Common Room, St Cuthbert’s Society, 12 […]

Update (stop the press): even earlier plough ceremonies from Durham?

In an update to REED N-E’s earlier ‘Flower of the Month’, we’ve discovered that Durham might have even older evidence for plow ceremonies than those mentioned last week (see Epiphanytide in Medieval Durham). As mentioned in the previous post, accounts from several of the manor houses attached to Durham Cathedral Priory record payments to ploughmen and […]

Epiphanytide in Medieval Durham

The Feast of Epiphany celebrates the revelation of God’s earthly presence to the Gentiles, through the revelation of the Christ-child to the Magi: et ecce stella quam viderant in oriente antecedebat eos usque dum veniens staret supra ubi erat puer videntes autem stellam gavisi sunt gaudio magno valde et intrantes domum invenerunt puerum cum Maria […]

Images from the ‘Lost Voices of the North-East’ Event

Here are some photos from last weekend’s ‘Lost Voices of the North-East’ Event which took place in Durham University’s music department on Palace Green, as part of the University’s ‘Being Human’ Festival of the Humanities. The event included performances of North Yorkshire’s spooky Lyke-Wake Dirge, County Durham’s famous ‘Ballad of the Lampton Worm’, the so-called […]

Flower of the Month: Leeds’ John Harrison – good Christian benefactor or ‘the very knave of knaves’?

A standard search of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for “John Harrison” produces twelve results. Among scientists, artists, a horologist, a naval officer, clergymen, conspirators, one man is identified simply as “benefactor”—John Harrison (1579-1656) of Leeds. The only son and namesake of a successful clothier of the borough, Harrison inherited his father’s business in […]