…had tea in The Cloisters at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York City.
And it was glorious.
Medieval studies has a long tradition of important women academics. Women whose research still today forms part of the bedrock of the discipline. So, as a contribution to #readwomen2014, here are a few of them:
Eileen Power | Medieval English Nunneries (1922)
A little outdated now, but still the first go-to book for students of medieval nuns. Itself still an underserved topic.
Marion Gibbs & Jane Lang | Bishops And Reform (1934)
How did the English episcopacy receive the Fourth Lateran Council? Eighty years after publication, students of ecclesiastical history still open this book to find out.
Dorothy Whitelock | English Historical Documents (1955)
I defy anyone to find an English medievalist who has not referred to this essential collection of the key documents of English history.
Caroline Walker Bynum | Holy Feast And Holy Fast (1987)
The historian who made feminist theory acceptable – indeed necessary – to medieval studies.
Jocelyn Wogan-Browne | The Idea Of The Vernacular (1999)
Champion of the non-Latin Middle Ages: Old English, Middle English, Anglo-Norman. If regular people spoke it, so does she. And one of my own extraordinary thesis supervisors.
Talk at the book office this week was about our goodreads 2013 reading challenges. And, of course, our 2014 goals, when I shamefacedly admitted to a smaller goal in 2014.
A simple 52 books, one for each week of the year.
I spent too much time last year charging through three-hundred pagers for work. Time to set aside commutes for longer reads like those thick histories I’ve owned for ten years but never opened.
continuing starting (it never really got going this year) a medieval reading project. I cannot resist buying those old paperback Penguin Classics. Never read them though. Too indecisive. So I took the decision out of it by simply heading to the beginning of the medieval section – Abelard and Heloise – and planning to read the shelf from left to right. It’s like a school uniform: with no choice in clothing, you just got up and got going. Problem solved.