Amy Jeffs is an art historian specialising in the Middle Ages. Her book ‘Storyland: a New Mythology of Britain’ will be published in the autumn of 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