Manuscript men

Manuscripts are inseparable from the flesh-and-blood people who made and used them: the Latin manu means “by hand”, and scriptus “written”. The word is suggestive of more than the penmanship of an individual scribe. As Christopher de Hamel points out, each page of a medieval manuscript “was touched many hundreds of times and usually by … Read more

Forgotten men of war

The second and last armed conflict between the British Empire and the United States was once a neglected war. But the bicentennial of the War of 1812, as it later came to be known, inspired a wealth of fresh scholarship that has rightly recast it in broader geographic, social and cultural terms. While the war … Read more