Normandy, the land of alien phenomena

As I begin to scrutinise the “Barnwell Chronicle” ever so closely, I stumble upon a whole array of entries pointing to 13th century┬áparanormal phenomena. Portents are legions but it is intriguing that the author failed to emphasise the link between the phenomena quoted below and their significance, which is only born out by the interposition…

A struggle in stemmatics: “Barnwell” again

Doctoral work on the edition of the 13th century “Barnwell chronicle” is moving forward. I am about to attack Richard Kay’s thesis that manuscript L (British Library Add. 35168) was the basis for all subsequent witnesses (ACMV). In his magisterial article published in Traditio (Walter of Coventry and the Barnwell Chronicle, vol. 54 , (1999),…

The sign of the cross: an oddity in 13th century England?

Making the sign of the cross in the British Isles might not be as pervasive and as old as previously imagined. The 13th century English chronicle known by the name of “Barnwell” (central to my ongoing doctoral thesis) has an intriguing testimony under the year 1221 AD: “Petrus de Roches Wintoniensis (i.e Winchester) episcopus, quadam…