Medieval Death Trip

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Tag: Lanercost Chronicle

MDT Ep. 37: Concerning a Prank, a King’s Death, Manslaughter, and a False Pregnancy

Drowned Man Royal MS 12 F XIII, f. 50rIn this episode, we look at some tragedies that afflicted the house of Alexander III, King of Scotland, including the deaths of almost all of his family and himself. Also, someone gets pushed in a river, and someone else gets clubbed in the head.

This Episode’s Text:

  • The Chronicle of Lanercost: 1272–1346. Translated by Sir Herbert Maxwell, James Maclehose and Sons, 1913. (Available at archive.org.)

Image: Detail from the Rochester Bestiary, British Library Royal MS 12 F XIII, f. 50r.

MDT Episode 23: Concerning Some Scandalous Priests, a Sainted Astrologer, and the Dove of Death

Image of Adultery from BL Royal 6 E VI f. 61This episode, we return to the Lanercost Chronicle for some examples of clergy behaving in some unclergylike ways, with a particular look at the decline and fall of clerical marriage in the medieval church.

This Episode’s Texts:

  • The Chronicle of Lanercost: 1272–1346. Trans. Sir Herbert Maxwell. Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons, 1913. (Available at archive.org.)
  • Ordericus Vitalis. The Ecclesiastical History of England and Normady. Vol. 4. Trans. Thomas Forester. London: Henry G. Bohn, 1856. (Available at Google Books.)

References:

  • Brooke, C.N.L. “Gregorian Reform in Action: Clerical Marriage in England, 1050-1200.” Cambridge Historical Journal 12.1 (1956): 1-21.
  • Frazee, Charles A. “The Origins of Clerical Celibacy in the Western Church.” Church History 57 Supplement: Centennial Issue (1988): 108-126. Reprinted from Church History 41 (1972): 149-167.
  • McLaughlin, Megan. “The Bishop in the Bedroom: Witnessing Episcopal Sexuality in an Age of Reform.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 19.1 (Jan. 2010): 17-34.

Image: Detail depicting the sin of adultery from British Library MS Royal 6 E VI f. 61.

MDT Episode 16: Concerning Coin-Eating and a Demon Child

14th-century medical text from the Bibliotheque MazarineIn this episode of Medieval Death Trip, we acknowledge the recent passing of neurologist Oliver Sacks and horror writer/director Wes Craven with stories of compulsive behavior and monstrous encounters from the Lanercost Chronicle.

 

This week’s text:

  • The Chronicle of Lanercost: 1272–1346. Trans. Sir Herbert Maxwell. Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons, 1913. (Available at archive.org.)

References:

  • Beecroft, Nicholas, Laura Bach, Nigel Tunstall, and Robert Howard. “An Unusual Case of Pica.” International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 13 (1998): 638-641.
  • Sacks, Oliver. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales. Audible, Inc., 2011. (Available from Audible.)

Image: 14th-century medical manuscript from the Bibliotheque Mazarine (via Sexy Codicology)

MDT Episode 02: Concerning Another Cure for Extreme Swelling, a Sinful Clerk, & Some Lightning Bolts

On this episode, we look at an example of the kind of odd incidents you might find preserved in a medieval chronicle — in this case, the Lanercost Chronicle. We have three short episodes from the account of the year 1288, and then one spectacular lightning strike from 1291.

Luttrell Psalter Monster f.192r

This episode’s text: The Chronicle of Lanercost: 1272–1346. Trans. Sir Herbert Maxwell. Glasgow: James Maclehose and Sons, 1913.

Correction: The chronicle is not fully available on Google Books, as stated in the podcast, but you can get it from archive.org.

Image: Luttrell Psalter, Diocese of Lincoln, c.1325-1335, London British Library, Add MS 42130, fol 192r.

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