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Herman ‘the Crippled’ – Early Medieval Disability

This week, I want to take a quick look at Herman Contractus (elsewhere Hermann of Reichenau). An eleventh-century German Benedictine monk, Herman is the subject of Berthold of Reichenau’s Chronicle, the author of his own chronicle, and an impressive portfolio of music. Despite his contributions, Herman is most remarkable for his Medieval Latin nickname contractus. … Continue reading Herman ‘the Crippled’ – Early Medieval Disability

Nicknames of ‘Disability’ in Early Medieval England

Last term I attended a confernce put on by the American Names Society to present a paper based on my current PhD work on early medieval nicknames. Specifically, I was talking about nikcnames surrounding disability, and how they might have been used among early medieval popualtions to navigate ideas of 'difference', and whether they were … Continue reading Nicknames of ‘Disability’ in Early Medieval England

What Can Nicknames Tell Us About History?

Recently, St Cross College ran their yearly history prize. This involved, among other things, producing a plain English explanation of your current research. I thought I'd take this opportunity to share the result, and a little bit more about my research. How can we use nicknames for past societies to ask important questions about the … Continue reading What Can Nicknames Tell Us About History?