I am terrible with “About” pages, but almost every blog has one, so I felt I should include it…

This is where I come to play with my thoughts, and where much of my research had its beginnings.

After I got my M.A. I realized I didn’t have time to write for my Ph.D., write for teaching, write for conferences, and blog, so I started blogging my ideas as they came to me, using this as a crossroad for everything (hence the lack of a distinct theme). Some of my blog posts turned into conference papers, school papers, and various other endeavors. My Chaucer project is something I have been working on and off on for the better part of the last decade. It will probably never be anything more than a series of blog posts, and I think I rather like it that way.

I became fascinated by medieval literature very early, and at first became an Anglo-Saxonist. I migrated towards Middle English studies (that still captivate much of my academic attention), but from there my research has led me towards French thirteenth century manuscripts, and I am currently in the midst of analyzing Paris, BnF MS fr. 342, one of the oldest dated Lancelot manuscripts of the post-vulgate cycle. It is only a small part of a much larger project, but commands attention  due to having been produced during a time of much transition in France (politically, religiously, and of course in the arts). Historically, it reflects the secularization of manuscript creation that further echoed similar sentiments in other segments of society. But, its existence marks its participation in this same secularization. There is extensive documentation of patronage, specifically that of Marie de Brabant and her loyal entourage, of manuscripts closely resembling MS 342, in style and content. While this manuscript’s specific provenance is only partially known, it offers enough evidence to support the claim that is was produced at the onset of an emerging trend where similar manuscripts mirrored the queen’s preference, and by virtue of having been commissioned by, or for, the queen, participated in their perpetuation and further decimation across the country, and eventually across the continent. I am going to stop here because this research currently branches out in more directions than I know what to do with… (especially when considering the connection between sepulchers, mausoleums, and manuscripts…)

Now that I have ranted on for far longer than I had intended, amounting to information about myself that will interest all of five people, should anyone have any other questions, all you have to do is ask.

Also, while you are here enjoy some medieval virtual lepidopterist tendencies from one of my older posts

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