Category: Medieval Culture

A Catte ther was

I just came across this delightfully silly bit in Kathleen Walker-Meikle’s book Medieval Pets (Boydell Press 2012). If you’re daunted by middle English, read it aloud and I think you’ll understand all of it.“In a manuscript of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales from Barking Abbey in… Continue Reading “A Catte ther was”

Upcoming Events

For those of you in Seattle/Bellevue/Issaquah, Emma and I will be signing books alongside fellow members of the Pacific NW Writers Association on Saturday, 14 December, at the Writers Cottage in Gilman Village (The Cottage is located near the southeastern corner of the Village… Continue Reading “Upcoming Events”

Beguine Communities and Medieval History: An Unexpected Treasure?

It is my pleasure to welcome Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane, Associate Professor of History, University of Minnesota, Morris, as my guest blogger this morning. Feel free to pose any questions as comments, and I’ll post Jennifer’s responses! A little background on Jennifer: “I am a… Continue Reading “Beguine Communities and Medieval History: An Unexpected Treasure?”

English Cathedrals and Monasteries–A New DVD-ROM

I have just received the new DVD-ROM published by the Centre for the Study of Christianity and Culture, English Cathedrals and Monasteries. For several hours I’ve been happily exploring case studies of individual abbeys and monasteries (including Barking Abbey, featured in both The King’s… Continue Reading “English Cathedrals and Monasteries–A New DVD-ROM”


In some reckonings, Michaelmas (29 September) is the birthday of Joan of Kent, the subject of my forthcoming book, A Triple Knot, as well as the day years later on which her mother, Margaret of Kent, died of the pestilence. So it’s a day… Continue Reading “Michaelmas”