Roger Martinez is pleased to announce the launch of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that specifically focuses on medieval Spanish paleography training. The course is called Burgos: Deciphering Secrets of Medieval Spain and it will be offered on a monthly basis on coursera.org at https://www.coursera.org/learn/burgos-deciphering-secrets-medieval-spain. The next class begins on 9 April 2018. This six-week course is intensive — it requires, on average, 10-12 hours of your time per week.
This is the first of three new MOOCs that offer intensive paleography training. Three additional MOOCs pertaining to the medieval/early modern history of Toledo, Plasencia, and Granada, will be launched over the next 3 to 9 months. These courses are in addition to an introductory course on medieval Spain titled, Coexistence in Medieval Spain: Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and another titled, Deciphering Secrets: The Illuminated Manuscripts of Medieval Europe. Continue reading
A carving of the Virgin Mary, dating to the late twelfth or early thirteeth century, has been found during works on the tower of Utande church, Guadalajara, in central Spain. The work contains much original polychrome, especially in the face. It is most likely it was originally a sedes sapientiae figure, with Christ sitting in her lap.
The statue is currently in a private house in the village, and will probably be sent to the diocesan museum for restoration, where it will ultimately be displayed. The parish priest hopes it may return to the church for feasts, and perhaps that a replica could be made.
It seems possible it was hidden when it became unfashionable, but was kept out of respect for the image. What do fellow medievalists think of this find? Have any similar Romanesque Spanish Madonnas been found in this way? How does she rank among other survivors? Let us know: comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org!