The Anglo-Saxon Monk herby alerts you to two upcoming events: one obviously medieval and the other by a medievalist arachnophile!
"The Magna Carta can be regarded as a root document for our human and civil rights and its relevance continues to this day."
Dr Ingrid van Dooren, whom I met at Rochester Cathedral whilst giving a talk on the Textus Roffensis, is organizing an educational conference, exhibition and a series of workshops about the 1215 Magna Carta, all of which explore the connections between this most famous of medieval documents and today's human rights issues.
"George is an unusual spider. Born with the ability to control human thoughts, he has a unique insight into the human psyche. And he doesn’t like what he sees. It’s time to deal with the problem."
My very good friend Hannah Kate (also known as Dr Hannah Priest, researcher of medieval popular romance, contemporary genre fiction, horror film and monsters) has her publisher's hat on in January, and so is launching her new book for Hic Dragones.
The book is the second novel by Toby Stone, and if his first is anything to go by we are in for an intense, disturbing and mad genius treat. I'm not terribly fond of arachnids (something to do with my mother screaming at them if they dared to crawl across the floor), but I will most definitely be availing myself of a copy of Psychic Spiders, hoping it doesn't terrify me as much as Shelob.