Thursday, August 07, 2003

Ever wanted to read a Bede manuscript from the ninth century? I thought so. These palaeography exercises are among the cleverest things I've ever seen on the web and are ideal as an introduction to medieval maunscripts. I shall be working through them and expect my ability in this area to improve considerably as a result (from a very low starting point, mind you). The use of DHTML and Flash is really innovative and exactly the sort of useful rather than pointless idea that the web is crying out for. Congratulations to Dianne Tillotson for an outstanding website.

Monday, August 04, 2003

Astrology? Total horlix in my opinion but it was taken terribly seriously once upon a time. My research into early science frequently involves astrology and its detractors, so it is good to find that so many old texts are on the web. Not usually on academic sites but by the heirs to the astrological tradition. They still believe it works and have started using medieval and early modern texts to get back to basics.

Good sites on astrology including texts: Deborah Houlding's Skyscript and Robert Zoller's Medieval Astrology.