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Chester nine months on

19 July 2010

I was in Chester on Friday; my first visit since MMC culminated with the festival on the August bank holiday weekend last year. I’ve had little time to work on Lucian recently, so it was exciting to be able to the return to the city he described so lovingly. What struck me, along with a crash of brightly-painted rhinos, was how my memory of the city’s topography and Lucian’s text  had distorted the reality of the city itself. My sense of the relative size of different buildings and areas was all wrong. (more…)

Chester views

6 November 2008

During our first research trip to Chester I spent some time exploring the city itself: getting to know the medieval streets, visiting the city gates, and walking the famous walls (all whilst huddled under my umbrella!). I was particularly struck by the views from Chester out across the landscapes beyond, and the ways in which these vistas and lines of sight may have worked to shape urban identity in the Middle Ages. (more…)

Impressions of Chester (1)

24 October 2008

Over the next few weeks, different members of the project team will be contributing their impressions of the team’s research trip to Chester in early September, and how this helped us to start thinking about ‘Mapping Medieval Chester’.

My contribution to the project is editing and translating portions of a late-twelfth-century prose text De laude Cestriae (‘In Praise of Chester’), which the only surviving manuscript attributes to a certain Lucian, who from internal evidence may have been a monk of St Werburgh’s. For me, then, the hours I spent exploring St Werburgh’s during our research trip were a chance to get to know where my author may have lived, written and performed the Opus Dei.

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