The Experience of Growing Up in Medieval Society

Medieval Children - Omne Bonum - Royal 6 E.VII, f.67v (det). Wiki Commons.

This session (#508) was one of several at Leeds devoted to exploring childhood in the Middle Ages. Our presenters talked about the stereotypes of adolescence, and what the coroner’s rolls revealed about the deaths (and lives) of medieval children.

Reflection of the Wars of the Roses in Thomas Malory`s Le Morte D`Arthur: Literary-cultural analysis

Edward Burne-Jones - The Last Sleep of Arthur

The aim of this research paper is to analyse the Morte D’Arthur and find certain historical moments incorporated in the book. Firstly, as the goal of work follows a hypothesis that Thomas Malory reflected manifold incidents from the Wars of the Roses in the Morte D’Arthur, it was inevitable to understand author’s position in this civil war, which meant investigating in the authorship.

An Examination of the Family in ‘The Tale of Sir Gareth’

The Tale of Sir Gareth

This thesis investigates the theme of family interactions within Malory‘s ―Tale of Sir Gareth,‖ examining the tale itself as well as looking at several analogous Fair Unknown stories in order to determine if the theme is Malory‘s own or if it could have come from a probable source.

William Caxton’s Contributions to the English Language and Books and Libraries

The printer's device of William Caxton, 1478

Caxton’s influence has reached throughout the ages as he juggled the tasks of translator, printer, and linguist.

‘In the Beginning’: The London Medieval Graduate Network Inaugural Conference

King's College London - chapel

This is a summary of the The London Medieval Graduate Network Inaugural Conference by Rachel Scott. The conference was held on November 2nd at King’s College London.

The human presence in Robert Henryson’s Fables and William Caxton’s The History of Reynard the Fox

Reynard the Fox - Illumination from a manuscript of the Roman de Renart, end of the 13th century

The principal method used is the gathering of specific instances of human presence in the two texts, and the categorising or coding of such instances, with the aid of the qualitative-data computer program QSR N6.

Trojan Wars: Genre and the Politics of Authorship in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

Trojan War

In the Middle Ages, Troy was not ancient history. As a living myth that continued to evolve along with the English nation, Troy functioned as a site for examining England’s cultural and political questions.

Robin Hood and the Crusades: When and Why Did the Longbowman of the People Mount Up Like a Lord?

Robin Hood statue outside of Nottingham Castle - Photograph by Mike Peel

This paper will discuss issues like these in light of the long-lasting Robin Hood tradition. But the most interesting question is simply where this idea of Robin on horseback came from, and where and why the crusades became involved.

To Rise beyond their Sex: The Representation of Female Cross-Dressing Saints in Caxton’s Vitas Patrum

Page from one of William Caxton's works

In my paper, I will discuss the lives of the four cross-dressing women in the Vitas Patrum, and another saint, Mary of Egypt, who shares many of the features of the transvestite saints.

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