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Medieval Reading Group

Welcome to the Medieval Reading Group at Warwick!

All are warmly invited to join us for informal discussion of primary texts and critical works of interest to staff and students working in a wide variety of areas. Recent meetings have included discussions of The Coventry Corpus Christi Plays and the Prose Lancelot.

Meetings take place at 5pm on Wednesdays in R3.25 in the Ramphal Building.

Autumn Term 2016 meetings

Week 2 (12th October 2016): We begin our meetings for the year with an essay by the first speaker in this year's Medieval Seminar Series, Elizabeth Eva Leach, '"The Little Pipe Sings Sweetly while the Fowler Deceives the Bird"': Sirens in the Later Middle Ages', Music & Letters
Vol. 87, No. 2 (May, 2006), pp. 187-211. The essay can be accessed from the Library here:

Week 8 (23rd November 2016): Selections from Woman Defamed and Woman Defended, ed. Alcuin Blamires (Oxford, 1992). We will be reading extracts from a variety of texts and authors from the medieval antifeminist tradition, and examples of the defence of women. The extracts are: letters of Heloise and Abelard; Walter Map, Letter of Valerius to Ruffinus; Jacques de Vitry, extract from Sermon 66; Christine de Pizan, extracts from The Letter of the God of Love and The Quarrel of the Rose. The extracts can be downloaded here.

Spring Term 2017 meeting

Week 10 (15th March 2017) Extracts from The Life of St Francis (Legenda maior) by Bonaventure, in the English translation by Ewart Cousins (Classics of Western Spirituality, Paulist Press, 1978). The extracts can be downloaded here.

Suggestions for future readings are welcome: please email with suggestions or to be added to the mailing list.