Deirdre O'Sullivan

Deirdre O'Sullivan

Senior Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester.

Location Leicester


  • only found the first response

  • This is a good simple exercise.

  • The medics say he developed the condition in adolescence

  • In Leicester we celebrate Eid, Vaisakhi and Diwali; there are public events and ceremonies and people go out to eat. We also have a statue of Mahtma Gandhi, set up in 2009.

  • That is a very useful comment, Catherine. the key thing that happened here was that the plan was flexible and could be instantly adapted to changing evidence coming from the ground.

  • There are some interesting things here but you need to provide more links as to how these can be explored.

  • You need to provide some links on which a discussion could be based

  • No. Museums operate within their own narrow discourse.

  • London is surely the type of a cosmopolis - full of diversity and rich in much that people value , but hard to live in if you are not actually affluent.

  • More depth is really needed in this analysis

  • This is all a bit celebratory... more critical perspective needed

  • the course should provide a bit more info about the museum - not just a 'expert voice'

  • Yes of course it can!

    Local authorities stick to secular agendas but they can support cultural events. in putting forward ideas for our bid for City of Culture Sikhs in Leicester proposed to offer langar - serving free food - to everyone. We never got the bid, but what a great idea it was!

  • Now this is interesting. In Leicester we have a huge range of places of worship of South Asian faiths. The majority of these are adapted from older buildings, including redundant places of Christian worship as well as industrial buildings. There are some new builds. Is the issue in Cologne about who determines urban monumentality rather than religious...

  • We cannot undo in the present the dreadful things that were done in the name of colonialism, or religion, or patriotism in the past. So perhaps heritage is clearly at odds with history here? A distraction from important goals that can only be met by political solutions in the present?

  • I think the idea that a 'city' 'comes to terms' with a contested heritage is too simplistic. Look at Belfast - an accommodation has been made and it is out of the news, for the most part, but the sectarian tensions are still there, even if people are not using violent means to reinforce these

  • I also live in Leicester, where there are many different strands of culture, some based on 'country of origin', some on faith. Tensions are rare but I do wonder about the extent to which identities can be excluding as well as supportive.

  • Medieval kings were indeed commonly buried in lead coffins -those of Edward 1 and Edward 11 have been seen in fairly recent times

  • Archaeologists tend to think so - or at least the start of the process whereby 'ordinary' people had some cash to spend on non essentials...

  • I believe she is awaiting reburial

  • We don't have the same documentary information to identify her as an individual, but she is likely to be an important patron or founder.

  • The burial in Leicester Cathedral was agreed in the event of a discovery, and before it, and followed appropriate Home Office practice. This was challenged some months later by an American-based group, the Plantagenet Alliance, who claimed kinship with the Plantagenet family, and thought they should be consulted. The resulting court case was pitched by the...

  • Indeed it is!

  • monks did indeed renounce personal possessions (known as evangelical poverty) , but the monasteries (apart from the friars) were supported by endowments and revenue from their estates

  • Choir monks were not usually involved in manual labour

  • Yes, you have hit the nail on the head.

  • For clarification: can't include sections from books on this course at it is an infringement of copyright. We are also aiming to keep resources free.

  • Remember I have identified two very rich houses! The majority of houses were far poorer. And the friars, who usually dominated the urban monastic scene, were not rich - they relied on begging themselves for their income.

  • The aristocracy had a preference for game rather than ordinary domesticates.

  • Eating a 'different' diet was a way of policing social rank. This was also done through sumptuary laws, which aimed to control the wearing of particular kinds of apparel.

  • There isn't any systematic set of records covering infringements of food standards, but weights and measures were regularly checked and market traders especially could expect to face fines or worse in the courts if they engaged in dodgy practice.

  • There is a shift towards increased consumption of dairy produce, following from the reduction in arable farming after the Black Death, probably in the late middle ages and certainly in the post medieval period, with increased transportation of butter and cheese from the Midlands for example, to London.

  • The current pope does seem to have a sense of humour. And I'm sure he needs it...

  • No, Christian belief in Purgatory is clearly evident in inscriptions, for example, from the 8th or 9th century. The big boost in sale of indulgences is in the Later Middle Ages.

  • All Souls Day involved prayers for everyone, and was an important feast.

  • The answer is, yes, some were basically pocket books

  • I've heard that too, but I asked our English Linguistics professor, Julie Coleman about this a couple of years ago and she said it was more likely west coast USA influence. It was just a chat so not to be quoted as fact!

  • I wondered about that too - elephant in the room?

  • I'm sure television has a lot to blame for the ways in which pronunciation shifts. But our written forms are surprisingly stable. Shakespeare still makes sense, for the most part, to modern English speakers, though there are clearly some redundant elements.

  • It looks as though many of you are at the stage where you have to downsize your book collection, but still value some books as physical objects. I do a lot of academic work online now - marking essays and giving student feedback for example - but in spite of the wonderful online resources available I still prefer to use physical books, and for leisure I...

  • Deirdre O'Sullivan made a comment

    One of the things I find reassuring about the middle ages is the lack of standard spelling! We are all so used now to thinking that any variation on a standard must be a 'mistake'. But it unfortunately can cause a lot of confusion, as the same person's name may be spelt in a number of different ways.

  • These drinking mugs vary quite a lot in size, from half pint- sized tipples to much larger vessels. Sometimes they have more than one handle and were probably passed around.

  • Yes, a prunt is just a blob stuck onto a vessel, often to receive a stamped piece of decoration.