Hallo ūüĎč, I am Bastiaan Waagmeester

an historian working on medieval written culture.
I am interested in religious education, priests, the compilation of manuscripts and texts - and digital humanities. Besides tinkering with digital editions, I am currently working as a postdoc on the project 'Priests in a post-imperial world, c. 900-1050' at the Universit√§t T√ľbingen.
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Traces of use and the possibility of singing bishops

In this blog post for the ‚ÄėPost-imperial priests‚Äô-project, I discuss traces of use and what they can tell us about how manuscripts were used. I examine three sets of neumes specifically (see the dots and scribbles in the image above), which are examples of an early medieval notation system for music. The blog post is a byproduct of the research I have done in the past months on the group of manuscripts that I have discussed in a previous post on the same blog....

February 22, 2023 ¬∑ 1 min ¬∑ Bastiaan

Editing, presenting and hosting my own digital scholarly edition

This post is meant for everyone interested in working with digital editions and hopefully provides a place to start. I will explain how I got started during the pandemic and where I found the most useful information and tools to edit with. You will soon notice, however, that there is much more here than just some pointers on the XML format and TEI standard. For me, producing elaborate XML files was not enough as I wanted to show what I was doing to my colleagues but also my family and friends....

January 25, 2023 ¬∑ 9 min ¬∑ Bastiaan

Presenting 'The Salomon project'

When the pandemic hit, I was out of a job and trying to finish my PhD. After following the news frantically for a week or two (and getting nothing done), I figured that COVID-19 was not going away anytime soon and it might be a good idea to do something useful with my newfound free time. What you will see here is the product of the last two years, during which I tried to familiarise myself with editing medieval texts using XML and the TEI standards....

January 24, 2023 ¬∑ 6 min ¬∑ Bastiaan

Review: Julio Escalona Monge, Orri Vénsteinsson, Stuart Brookes (eds.), Polity and neighbourhood in early medieval Europe (2019)

A while ago, I‚Äôve written a review on the collected volume Polity and neighbourhood in early medieval Europe edited by Julia Escalona Monge, Orri V√©steinsson and Stuart Brookes which has now been published in the Rottenburger Jahrbuch f√ľr Kirchengeschichte (2021). In the volume, comparative historical approaches are used to study the influence of external political power on everyday life and vice-versa. The review can be read in the RJKG and also here....

November 7, 2022 ¬∑ 1 min ¬∑ Bastiaan

A network of episcopal handbooks

Today I wrote a new blog post for the ‚ÄėPost-imperial priests‚Äô-project, where I delve deeper into a network of episcopal handbooks. After working on the manuscript Troyes, MJC, Ms. 1979 for a while, I noticed that there are various other manuscripts with comparable contents from the same period. In the coming months, I will examine this network further to hopefully know more about tenth-century bishops and their priests. The blog post can be seen as a first step in that direction....

July 15, 2022 ¬∑ 1 min ¬∑ Bastiaan