The title of this blog comes from the fourteenth century alliterative poem Saint Erkenwald, which reads “And we have oure librarie laitid þes longe seven dayes”  (“And we have searched our library these seven long days” 155). In the poem, a corpse in a magnificent casket with undecipherable golden writing around the edge has been found in  London, and the scholars of the city have scoured their libraries for any clues as to its origin.

As a doctoral student, I will be spending the year (definitely more than seven long days) scouring the library to find out more on the topics of Old English Literature, Middle English literature, time, gender, and manuscripts. As I read, I will share my ideas and synthesize my thoughts on this blog, in the hopes that others might share in my ideas.


Leanne MacDonald

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