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Searching for Arthurian Manuscripts: German Edition

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One of the projects my fellow interns and I have been working on is making a list of names in Arthurian literature and finding relevant manuscripts. A couple weeks ago, my fellow intern Adelia made a post about the website arthurianfiction.org. This website has been invaluable when we're looking for manuscripts. However, the information isn't…
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Secret names: Remembering rather than hiding (Part 3)

Secret names: Remembering rather than hiding (Part 3) | Name News | Scoop.it
Editor's Introduction: The DMNES staff are super delighted to host a three-part guest blog by Dr. Anna Dorofeeva. Dr. Dorofeeva is a historian specialising in Western Latin book history and culture, and her current work focuses on ciphers and cryptography in medieval manuscripts; you can follow her on Twitter at @LitteraCarolina. In this series of…
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Baby Names Daily: Kyro

"My 2 girls stumbled upon the animated movie The Princess Twins of Legendale on Netflix... there is a little boy in it who is in love with Eve and his name is Kyro. I thought it was cute. Now I guess this is just another way to spell Cairo, and you know I love place names."

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Could also be for Chi-Rho, the first letters in the Greek word christos.  Some medieval gospel books, such as the Lindisfarne Gospels, had highly-decorated Chi-Rho pages.

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The Durham Book of Life Online - Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts

The Durham Book of Life Online - Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts | Name News | Scoop.it
As a general rule, most medieval manuscripts are the product of a single scribal campaign. There are of course exceptions, most notably books such as chronicles and cartularies which were sometimes added to over many generations.
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This is without doubt (to me) the most exciting name news of the year.

 

The Durham Liber Vitae has been digitised and is now available to view online:

http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Cotton_MS_Domitian_A_VII

 

It's a bit like a visitors' book for the monastic community at Durham. Most of the book consists of lists of thousands of names, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the sixteenth century, and it's very interesting to see historical events, such as visits from Scottish kings, the Scandinavian settlement, and the Norman conquest, showing themselves through the names.

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The Quest for Arthurian Manuscripts

The Quest for Arthurian Manuscripts | Name News | Scoop.it
One of the projects I’ve been working on this summer is creating a spreadsheet of Arthurian names and the manuscripts in which they’re used. Wikipedia was helpful in listing Arthurian character names and stories, but we found it a little harder to track down the manuscripts in which a given story might exist. Enter ArthurianFiction.org.…
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Secret names: What’s in a name? (Part 2)

Secret names: What’s in a name? (Part 2) | Name News | Scoop.it
Editor's Introduction: The DMNES staff are super delighted to host a three-part guest blog by Dr. Anna Dorofeeva. Dr. Dorofeeva is a historian specialising in Western Latin book history and culture, and her current work focuses on ciphers and cryptography in medieval manuscripts; you can follow her on Twitter at @LitteraCarolina. In this series of…
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Medieval Pet Names

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Medieval pet names: What did people in the Middle Ages name their dogs and cats?
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A fun share from First and Middle Baby Names on Facebook today.  Pangur Bán is an old friend.

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