Corrections in Middle English lyrics: update

Dan Wakelin writes to us about his talk, given in Sept 2012 at the Medieval Song Network workshop:

Blog entry: Musical contributions to the 2012 conference, ‘Bury St Edmunds and the Norman Conquest’

Standing in the choir stalls as the eleventh-century antiphon, ‘Ave rex gentis Anglorum,’ resounded around the magnificent cathedral of St Edmundsbury, I couldn’t help but draw parallels between the present situation and the historical context of the antiphon. The words, ‘Hail, king of the Angles,’ were composed in honour of the martyred Anglo-Saxon monarch, St Edmund, and were traditionally performed on his feast day (November 20th).

The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Mysticism, ed. Samuel Fanous and Vincent Gillespie

Tell someone that you are working within the field of medieval mysticism and, more often than not, they will give you one of two responses: if largely unfamiliar with the subject, your interlocutor will gasp, open wide their eyes and with a slight shake of the head, breathe a mystified, ‘wow’; for those who have studied such a hallowed topic, a conversation frequently ensues about the five great and well-studied figures of English mysticism: Richard Rolle, Walter Hilton, the author of the Cloud of Unknowing, Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe.

Following up with our Workshop Participants

Calling all members!  Write to us and tell us what your research has yielded in the months since you presented at our 2011 and 2010 Medieval Song Network workshops! Do you have a new publication based on your talk, or has the work led in new directions? We would love to hear from you! Email Ardis Butterfield, Sophie Sawicka-Sykes, or Emma Gorst, with any long or short updates on your song- and lyric-related work, and we will post your updates at the Medieval Song Network.

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MSN Workshop 2: 12-14 September 2011

Many thanks to all our participants for helping to make the second workshop such a success. The programme, abstracts and list of participants, plus a report on the workshop written by Sophie Sawicka-Sykes, are now available at this page.

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