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John Trevisa and Medieval Information, with Emily Steiner

Many medieval people were hugely invested in finding ways to organize and share what they knew about the world, including one influential translator from England. This week, Danièle speaks with Dr. Emily Steiner about John Trevisa and how his work on medieval compendia influenced history.

Emily Steiner is a Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research includes natural history and the history of encyclopedism, law and literature, drama and ritual performance, and Jewish-Christian relations in the Middle Ages. You can learn more about her research on or follow Emily on Twitter @PiersatPenn


Her latest book is John Trevisa’s Information Age: Knowledge and the Pursuit of Literature, c. 1400, published by Oxford University Press.

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Top Image:British Library MS Harley 614 fol. 1