Monthly Archives: November 2015

SAIMS/TMJ Essay Prize

SAIMS invites entries for its annual Essay Competition, submitted according to the following rules: The competition is open to all medievalists who are graduate students or have completed a higher degree within the last three years. For PhD students the time period of three years begins from the date of the successful viva, but excludes any career break. Any candidate in doubt of their eligibility should contact the Director of SAIMS at A candidate may make only one submission […]

Publication: Dr Kathryn Rudy’s ‘Postcards on Parchment’

We are pleased to announce the publication of an exciting new work Postcards on Parchment: The Social Lives of Medieval Books by Dr Kathryn Rudy, senior lecturer in the School of Art History. From the Yale University Press website: Medieval prayer books held not only the devotions and meditations of Christianity, but also housed, slipped between pages, sundry notes, reminders, and ephemera, such as pilgrims’ badges, sworn oaths, and small painted images. Many of these last items have been classified […]

Alex Woolf’s Interview About Macbeth on BBC Radio 4

Alex Woolf was interviewed for an episode of Open Country on BBC Radio 4, which examined the historical origins of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. ‘The Macbeth Trail’ aired on Friday 13th November and is now available online for your listening pleasure (Dr. Woolf’s interview begins approximately 13 minutes into the episode). From the website: ‘Macbeth is one of Shakespeare’s most enduring plays; a tragic tale of a Scottish king driven to his death as a consequence of the ruthless pursuit of power. […]

Baroness Hale of Richmond’s Opening Lecture for the New ILCR

This year, the Institute of Legal and Constitutional Research (ILCR) was launched at the University of St Andrews. The program is led by SAIMS members Professor John Hudson (Director) and Professor Caroline Humfress (Deputy Director and Postgraduate Convenor). The purpose of the ILCR is to encourage cross-disciplinary research in the fields of law, legal history, and constitutionalism, uniting scholars and graduate students from history, international relations, and literature backgrounds. Beginning in the next academic year, 2016-2017, the ILCR will be […]