Welcome to Things Medieval, a blog about the Middle Ages written by medievalists and aimed at a non-medievalist audience.
We are also always looking for new contributors! Writers must have completed, or currently be enrolled in, a graduate programme in medieval studies or a related field. If interested, please contact Julia at thingsmedievalblog [at] gmail [dot] com.
Who we are:
Jenny Bledsoe (JennyB)
I am currently working on my master’s degree in religion, literature, and culture at Harvard. I’m especially interested in late medieval religious literature, including hagiography, sermons, and devotional and mystical texts. I hope to start a PhD in English after completing my master’s degree in Spring 2013.
Julia Bolotina (JB)
I am a graduate student in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic at Cambridge. I mostly research Anglo-Saxon medicine, but find myself drawn now and then to burial practices and medieval artwork. (The *slight* and, of course, entirely unintentional Anglo-Saxon bent of this blog is not my fault, but is actually a direct result of the fact that Anglo-Saxons were just a lot more interesting than everyone else.) I founded this blog in July 2011 as a way to tell those outside of academia about some of the awesome things we research. Contact me at thingsmedievalblog [at] gmail [dot] com if you have any questions or would like to contribute.
Philip Dunshea (Philip Dunshea)
I’ve just finished a PhD. at the department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Cambridge. Before that, I did my first degree at St Andrews in Scotland. My main interests are in northern British history (especially Wales and Scotland) between the end of the Roman Empire and the end of the tenth century. I also do a bit of landscape writing on the side.
Emma Gorst (@caroulle)
I am a postdoctoral fellow working in association with Ardis Butterfield in the Department of English at Yale University. I very recently completed my PhD and am thus enjoying the dubious title of “PhD graduand” as I begin research on fifteenth-century Middle English lyrics and their manuscripts. My dissertation, completed at the University of Toronto, is on fourteenth-century Middle English lyrics, and lyric in the work of Geoffrey Chaucer. I tweet for @ThingsMedieval, so please do follow us and say hello.
Anna Millward (annalouise99)
Hoping to avoid all forms of fermented shark and jellied sheep’s head, I am attempting to survive a year in the land of Fire and Ice studying a Masters in Medieval Icelandic Studies (Háskóli Íslands, Reykjavík) having just completed my undergrad in Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic (University of Cambridge). My research interests include Giantesses in eddic and skaldic poetry, Old Norse drama and anything with Viking ships and rune-stones. Whilst I will endeavour to keep you updated on all things Scandinavian, I may occasionally stray into the dangerous realms of Anglo-Saxonism and Medieval French….
Ryan Short (thaetwaesgodcyning)
There is a temptation to play a little when trying to describe oneself in a short blurb such as this. The simple truth is that I am a high school English teacher with a deep and abiding obsession with Anglo-Saxon poetry, among many other things. I would have to say that I agree with the notion that the Anglo-Saxons were more interesting. After all, they got to carry swords and slay monsters, all the while being able to justify a diet (and society) revolving around a severe drinking habit. After all, they didn’t call it the mead-hall for nothing…