Women's Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon

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The Letter of Cecily Daune: A Poetic Translation

The letter of Cecily Daune in British Library Add MS 34889 f.166. Screen shot of the digitised image. Copyright The British Library. I am currently working on a project to transform into modern English and poetic form letters by fifteenth-century women connected to the Paston family of Norfolk. The project involves translation from one vernacular […]


Women’s Genealogies, in the (Manuscript) Margins?

   [Fol 12v of London, British Library, Cotton Tiberius E I. My photograph.] Genealogy was fundamental to the medieval imagination, and at the heart of medieval historical writing. Chronicles, as well as romances and hagiography, are based on structures of legacy and succession, and on the genealogical concept that stories from the past justify or contest the […]


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 […]


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