Women's Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon

An International Network Funded by the Leverhulme Trust

Alice Kyteler and the Absence of the Witch from Feminist Medieval Scholarship

  By Martin Le France (1410-1461) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons In her essay in Listening to Heloise, edited by Bonnie Wheeler, Jane Chance argues that the people, objects and concepts from the Middle Ages which we study and feel we have come to know are, in fact, completely unknowable to us. We understand a […]


2nd International Network Event

  Aerial view of Back Bay, Boston including the Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower (Sfoskett at English Wikipedia).   The second Women’s Literature Culture and the Medieval Canon International Network event with take place at the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at Boston University from 26 – 29 July 2016. This ground breaking project aims to […]


The Duchess’s Dialogue: Writing and Reading Margaret of York’s Le Dyalogue de la Duchesse

Image of Le Dyalogue’s frontispiece “My God, my creator, my redeemer, illuminate my interior eyes.” So begins the main text of Le Dyalogue de la duchesse de Bourgogne a Jesus Christ (London, The British Library, Add. MS 7970), commissioned by Margaret of York, the Duchess of Burgundy, around 1468. Margaret was a prominent manuscript patron, […]


Medieval Women Readers: Eve of Wilton and the Pearl-Maiden.

  The Middle-English alliterative dream poem, Pearl, that appears uniquely in British Library MS Cotton Nero A.X, is illustrated with four miniatures. In the first, the narrator falls asleep. The second shows him in his dream, walking through a garden. In the third, still dreaming, he encounters a figure, the Pearl-Maiden, who is on the […]


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