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On Porcupines and Butt Tubas

In one of our most illuminating conversations to date, Eve and Julie explore ancient texts with Michelle Brown, Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study of the University of London and former Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library. They examine the illustrated margins and piquant commentary of medieval texts to understand when a porcupine is just a porcupine (and when it’s not), how many British pounds it takes to restore a woman’s virtue, and how men still banter the way they did in the 8th century.

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Michelle Brown

TED Talk: What is a Butt Tuba and Why is It in Medieval Art?

Illuminated manuscripts

Lindisfarne Gospels

Luttrell Psalter

British Library

British Museum

School of Advanced Study of the University of London

University of Cambridge

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Eve Yohalem

Julie Sternberg

Book Dreams Podcast


Lit Hub Radio

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