Key to English Place-Names
One of the crucial aspects of historical onomastics is the question of place-names – how did places get their names, why have some names survived and others been forgotten, how can we trace the etymologies of these names? In England, place-names can be a complex mish-mash of ‘Celtic’, Latin, Old English, Old Norse and French…
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…