Monthly Archives: February 2014

Oxford English Dictionary Tour

The latest adventure of the Ertegun scholars was not to a London museum or in the far-off world of 19th-century Russian drama, but was five minutes away from the Ertegun house. In a quiet street of north Oxford are the offices of the Oxford University Press, home of the Oxford English Dictionary. There we toured […]

Charlemagne Commemoration

On Monday 27 January, Ertegun House played host to Oxford’s medievalists and a large and diverse group of scholars and members of the University, who gathered to celebrate the life and legacy of Charlemagne, who died 1,200 years ago on 28 January, 814. Charlemagne was King of the Franks 768-814, and was famously crowned Roman […]

Scriptural Amulets

Preserved by the dry desert sands of Egypt, innumerable manuscript fragments written on parchment and papyrus have been discovered by archaeologists since the eighteenth century. Largely recovered from the rubbish heaps, these ancient documents provide a snapshot of what people were reading and writing, ranging from high literature (Homer’s Illiad) to mundane documents (tax receipts). […]

Fortune’s Fool

Having only read Ivan Turgenev’s A Sportsman’s Notebook and Fathers and Children, I was enthralled to explore another dimension of Turgenev’s oeuvre—his carefully crafted drama. On January 25th, a congenial group of Ertegunians and I wended our way to London to attend a matinée performance of Turgenev’s Fortune’s Fool at The Old Vic. Prior to […]