Otherwise, I'm interested in (and blog about) pretty much anything relating to medieval England, but especially legends of English saints, medieval churches, and religious poetry in Old and Middle English. This blog is intended for a general, non-specialist audience, not for academics (though they're always welcome too, of course!), and I post a lot of texts in their original language, with translations. My criteria for posting any particular text are: do I like it, and is it already readily available on the internet? If the answers are 'yes' and 'no', then I post it here. I love introducing people to the 'real thing' - even if it's just a brief extract from an Old English homily or a short Middle English poem. There are lots of popular misconceptions about the medieval period and I like to think one good way of countering them is to give non-specialist readers the opportunity to see original texts, with context and translations where helpful, with the aim of demonstrating what academics know but don't always manage to communicate to the public: that medieval literature can be subtle, inventive, surprising, playful, moving, and infinitely diverse.
I don't claim by any means to be an expert in all the things I post about here - I'm just someone who enjoys many different kinds of medieval literature, and likes introducing it to new audiences. I've been fortunate enough to have a wide-ranging education in medieval literature, and I'm still learning new things every day; what I learn, I share on this blog. Chaucer's 'Clerk of Oxford' is both student and teacher - we are told that 'gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche' - and I aim to do both here, as gladly as I can.
You'll also find in the archives of this blog an eclectic range of poetry and music, depending on whatever I happened to be interested in at any particular moment in the past seven years. Unsurprisingly, there's also lots to do with Oxford and the surrounding area, and with East Kent (where I'm originally from). I hope you find something to interest you, and if you want to know more about anything I've posted, please do leave a comment.
The real Clerk of Oxford, from the Ellesmere Chaucer