Amy Jeffs is an art historian specialising in the Middle Ages. She is the author of ‘Storyland: a New Mythology of Britain’ (riverrun) and her next book, ‘Wild Tales from Early Medieval Britain’, will be published this October.

Page from the Chronique de Saint Nicholas de Reims (13th century).

What medieval Christians thought about climate change

Christians in the Middle Ages believed that there was no bad weather in paradise after the Creation and before the Fall of Man

30 May 2022
A saintly sight? The Cerne Abbas giant in Dorset.

Would medieval Christians have blushed at a giant chalk erection?

Even if the Cerne Abbas giant is Anglo-Saxon, that doesn’t make it pagan – after all, Christians were no prudes in those days

21 May 2021
Carey Mulligan as Edith Pretty in ‘The Dig’. Courtesy Larry Horricks/Netflix

The Dig is a film to treasure

Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan shine in the story of the Sutton Hoo discovery

2 Feb 2021
The frontispiece and opening of the MS 411 psalter.

What’s left of Thomas Becket? – ‘The Book in the Cathedral’, reviewed

Christopher de Hamel argues that a book of psalms in a Cambridge library is the only surviving relic of the murdered archbishop

4 Sep 2020
Fling, Dribble, and Drip (detail; 1970), Lynda Benglis, frontispiece of Jerry Saltz’s How to be an Artist (2020).

Freedom of expression – Jerry Saltz’s ‘How to be an Artist’, reviewed

The critic’s guide to creative living is full of joy – but how far can you get by following someone else’s rules?

8 Apr 2020
Aquamanile in the form of Aristotle and Phyllis, late 14th century/15th century, South Netherlandish, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

From infant prodigy to infatuated old man – the many guises of Merlin

The mythical figure has taken many forms over the centuries, some more dignified than others

22 Jun 2019
Drinking vessels with decorated gilt necks at the Prittlewell site.

Unearthing the secrets of the Anglo-Saxon world

Paganism and Christianity are intertwined in the hoard of rare artefacts found in a princely burial site in Essex

24 May 2019
A fleck of lapis lazuli found in the lower jaw of a female skeleton from the 11th or 12th century, Photo: Christina Warinner

The nun with lapis lazuli in her teeth is a great story – but she wasn’t alone

It shouldn’t be news that women illustrated manuscripts in the Middle Ages, but there’s no denying the appeal of a recent discovery

21 Jan 2019
The Book of Durrow (detail; f. 86r) (c. 700), probably Durrow, Co. Offaly, or Iona. Trinity College Dublin

The cosmopolitan art of Anglo-Saxon England

The British Library demonstrates that Anglo-Saxon culture looked to Europe and beyond

7 Jan 2019