Margaret Connolly was invited to University College Dublin on 8 October 2014 as part of their Distinguished Lecture series. Her lecture, entitled: ‘Read, Mark, Learn: How a Tudor Gentleman used his Medieval Books’, explored the longevity of medieval texts beyond their own era and the challenge of interpreting marks of readerly engagement. The particular focus was on two fifteenth-century manuscripts, one an anthology of Middle English religious texts and the other a collection of medical recipes; both volumes were owned by the same family in the sixteenth century.
Margaret Connolly also ran a graduate workshop entitled ‘An Introduction to Manuscripts’ on 9 October 2014. This was attended by postgraduate students from both University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin.
Christian is currently working on a thesis in the School of English exploring the medieval legend ‘The Three Living and the Three Dead’. She was recently interviewed for a BBC Radio Scotland programme called ‘The Walking Dead’, which examines Scottish belief in revenants.
Writer A.L. Kennedy is the presenter for the half-hour documentary feature, which examines belief in revenants from the Middle Ages through the Reformation. Christian’s portion of the programme was recorded at Melrose Abbey, home to a number of twelfth-century revenant tales. Christian related the tales and discussed how they fit into medieval eschatology, the doctrine of the Resurrection, and lay folkloric belief.
The programme aired at 1.30pm on 29th October on BBC Radio Scotland. You may access the programme via this link: