Medieval Song in Newcastle

On Wednesday 19th January, Helen Deeming and Margaret Connolly presented papers in Newcastle's Medieval and Early Modern Studies series. Both papers concerned manuscripts as witnesses to medieval devotional practices: Helen explored a thirteenth-century pastoral miscellany in which 15 songs are preserved, and Margaret discussed a fifteenth-century Middle English dream-vision, in which psalms and prayers are interpolated. Our hosts, Magnus Williamson (Music) and Henrike Lähnemann (German), as well as the members of the audience, shared useful perspectives drawn from late medieval English and German manuscripts. Henrike's work charting vernacular song in medieval Germany is described here, and descriptions of various Newcastle projects involving textual editing, including Magnus's plans for online digital editions of early English church music can be found here.