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Dissertation Preparation

The first part of this post is about the teaching strategies I use to help undergraduate students prepare for their dissertations. Scroll down for a list of Top Tips for Dissertations, compiled with advice from my students! In the English … Continue reading

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#WhanThatAprilleDay16: Celebrating Middle English Poetry

Today is #WhanThatAprilleDay16 which means that we are joining @LeVostreGC in celebrating medieval texts! Here’s an excerpt from Geoffrey’s announcement over at ‘In the Middle’: “On the first daye of Aprille, lat us make tyme to take joye yn alle … Continue reading

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‘Abide, Ye Who Pass By’: A Poem for Good Friday

For Good Friday, I wanted to share a fourteenth-century Middle English lyric that I have been working on recently (from Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Rawlinson poet. 175). It’s  written in the voice of Christ in three stanzas and addresses the … Continue reading

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Teaching with Twitter: An Experiment with Chaucer’s Troilus

This rather long post begins with a reflection on my teaching methods for my first and second year courses on Old and Middle English literature at University College, Oxford. I then introduce the context and background for my experiment of … Continue reading

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#WorldBookDay: Printing in the Bodleian

For #WorldBookDay the Univ librarians, Elizabeth and Emily, arranged to take my first year English students to the Bodleian library to use the hand-press printers and print one of Shakespeare’s sonnets! We had a fantastic time and I wanted to … Continue reading

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The Seven Works of Mercy: Part I

In the church of All Saints North Street, in York, is a fifteenth-century stained glass window that depicts the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy. The window was donated by the family of Nicholas Blackburn and shows Nicholas, with his distinctive … Continue reading

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Ain’t Misbehavin’: How to Behave in the Church and Churchyard

In the section on sloth in his Instructions for Parish Priests, John Mirk (fl. c.1382-1414) suggests that parishioners should be questioned during confession about their behaviour in and around the church: Hast þou come to chyrche late And spoken of … Continue reading

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Women’s Literary Culture : Guest Blogpost

This week I am guest-blogging over at the ‘Women’s Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon’ website. You can find my post here. I am talking about my favourite fifteenth-century mystic Margery Kempe and how she uses medieval religious objects such … Continue reading

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‘Midwinter of the Spirit’: Saints and Sacred Space

‘You have to picture the cathedral not just as bricks and mortar but as the accumulated force of centuries of prayer and devotion. It’s like one vast psychic engine but one that can be stopped in its tracks if people’s … Continue reading

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National Poetry Day: The Virgin Mary lights our way

‘Heyl, levedy, se-stoerre bryght, Godes moder, edy wyht, Mayden ever vurst and late, Of hevenriche sely gate.’ [Hail, lady, sea-star bright, / God’s mother, blessed creature, / Mother ever first and last, / of the heavenly kingdom the blessed gate] … Continue reading

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