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The University of Southampton
Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture

'Women Readers: Interactions with Arthurian Literature in Fifteenth-Century England' Seminar

30 November 2015
Building 65 Room 1173 Faculty of Humanities Avenue Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

Part of the CMRC seminar series 2015/2016

It is well-documented that male readers engaged with Arthurian literature in the later Middle Ages, citing its themes, tenets, and characters in aspects of their written and performed lives. Women also owned Arthurian literature in the Middle Ages, but due to a lack of evidence it has historically been harder to ascertain how they responded to Arthuriana on a personal or performative level, or indeed whether or not they even read the texts that they owned. This paper considers interactions with Arthurian literature and its manuscripts in fifteenth-century England, focusing on inscriptions penned by women. Using what is known of the lives, deaths, and contexts of these inscribers and their manuscripts, and analysing the inscriptions themselves, this paper works towards identifying the role and uses of Arthurian literature in the lives of women in fifteenth-century England.

Speaker information

Rebecca Lyons , University of Bristol. English (PhD)

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