Women's Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon

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The Errant Hours 2: Marrying a Murderer

   In my last blog in May, I wrote about literature celebrating Virgin Martyrs in the first part of my medieval novel, The Errant Hours.  In this post, I will focus on the Arthurian legend – The Knight with the Lion/The Lady of the Well, which informed the second part. The location of the novel […]

Travelling Memories: Traces of Sor Sança, Companion of Birgitta of Sweden in Medieval Barcelona

Chapel of Sant Llàtzer. Photo: Enfo. (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License) There is a famous scene in The Book of Margery Kempe in which Margery meets with a woman described in the text as a “Senyt Brydis mayden” [St. Birgitta’s maidservant]. Devotion to and imitation of Birgitta of Sweden is one of the key features […]

The Errant Hours 1: Martyrs and Motherhood

Image from The Taymouth Hours, BL Yates Thompson 13, f.68v I am quite convinced that if you scratched most writers of medieval fiction, under the surface you would find a childhood spent reading stories about the middle ages: Robin Hood, Arthurian Myths, Fairy Tales. Perhaps you would also find a longstanding love of medieval imagery […]

A Woman of Letters: Dhuoda’s Liber Manualis

Liber Manualis: Paris, BnF, ms. 12293, XI, 2, 3-12 (Creative Commons Licence) The Liber Manualis was written in Uzes (in Septimania) by Dhuoda, wife of Duke Bernard, between 30th November 841 and 2nd February 843 (XI, 2, 2-5). The text is addressed to William, his firstborn son. The title liber manualis  is a classical expression: […]

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