Tag Archives: Medieval History

Planning my End-of-Semester Work -Gwyneth

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Since I am planning to continue my independent project next semester, during which time I will write my final paper, there was not a natural answer to the question of exactly what I will produce as my demonstration of learning for this semester. While meeting with T. Margaret a few weeks ago, we decided that I should create an extensive annotated bibliography to turn in at the end of the semester. Continue reading

My Project So Far -Gwyneth

 

 

 

MedievalMonk  During my time doing independent research this semester, I have learned a great deal about just how challenging it is to conduct research on my own. At the same time, I think I have accomplished a lot in spite of the difficulties of adjusting to this new structure of learning and working. Continue reading

1386: The Start of a Crisis -Gwyneth

 

For this blog post and those in the weeks to come, I plan on writing in greater detail about the crisis years of 1386-1388 and eventually the 1390s, since it seems likely that this is the time period I will end up focusing on in my research. To begin, I will discuss the tensions that erupted in 1386 as a result of the threat of a French invasion. Continue reading

The Thesis Hunt Begins -Gwyneth

I’ve gotten to the point in the year where the need to give my research a specific direction has become quite pressing. That is to say, I need to come up with a thesis very soon. Since this is a big and somewhat intimidating step that will determine what I will be doing for the rest of this project, I thought it would be useful to lay out some possible directions I could go in before making any decisions. Continue reading

Racism, Sexism, and General Bigotry in Medieval Studies -Gwyneth

My first time witnessing discrimination in the world of Medieval studies occurred last spring, when I read this article from the website of the University of Chicago’s Divinity School, written by U Chicago medievalist Rachel Fulton Brown. In it, Fulton Brown criticizes the protests that prompted the cancellation of a talk scheduled to be given by alt-right political commentator and alleged white nationalist Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkley. Continue reading

An Unlikely Comparison: Richard II & Donald Trump – Gwyneth

For this week’s blog post, I would like to highlight a recent surge in Richard II’s popularity. Not as a topic of discussion at the average family dinner table, of course (this would be quite odd indeed), but among historians and literary scholars. This is due to a fascinating connection made between our current political situation and the reign of Richard II as depicted by Shakespeare. In several articles I have read online, Donald Trump has been compared to Shakespeare’s version of Richard. I thought it would be interesting to explore this comparison in my blog post, since it connects my project (which can easily come off as being remote from and insignificant to our lives today) to the modern world. Continue reading

Medieval Mania: An Introduction to My Project – Gwyneth

The success of Game of Thrones, Skyrim, Lord of the Rings, and the like in the world of entertainment prove that modern people are deeply enthralled with the Middle Ages. I myself am more familiar than most with the allure of the epic battles, court intrigue, and romantic costumes associated with the medieval era. And yet for all our fascination with the period, medieval history is given very little attention in an academic context, especially in high school. Continue reading