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Digital Chronique Anonyme Universelle, by Lisa Fagin Davis

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Questions for Discussion

  • What are the implications of this ostensible “world” chronicle, only actually recording history in Northwest Europe?
  • What roles do women play in this text?
  • Why is this formatted as a scroll rather than a codex?
  • How might this Chronique have been used by its fifteenth-century readers?

Further Reading

Davis, Lisa Fagin. La Chronique Anonyme Universelle : Reading and Writing History in Fifteenth-century France. Studies in Medieval and Early Renaissance Art History ; 61. London: Harvey Miller Publishers, 2014.

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The Life and Passion of William of Norwich, by Rowan Dorin

Further Reading

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Dorin, Rowan “Seven Books, One Deadly Rumor,” Writ Large Podcast, featured on Middle Ages for Educators, April 4, 2020. Accessed [date].

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A Life in the Black Death: The Inventory of Alayseta Paula (Marseille, 1348), by Dan Smail

Dan Smail, Harvard University

Further Reading. The theme of resilience addressed in the conclusion of this talk is developed at length in my article “Accommodating Plague.” I have also listed several recent contributions to the extensive literature on the Second Plague Pandemic that were referred to indirectly in the talk.

The inventory, transcribed and translated with questions for discussion, can also be downloaded, as well as the transcript of this video.

Geltner, Guy. “Getting Medieval on COVID? The Risks of Periodizing Public Health | History News Network.” Accessed March 31, 2020.

Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death. Published in The Medieval Globe, vol. 1, no. 1/. Accessed March 31, 2020.

Smail, Daniel Lord. “Accommodating Plague in Medieval Marseille.” Continuity and Change 11, no. 1 (1996): 11–41.

Spyrou, Maria A., Marcel Keller, Rezeda I. Tukhbatova, Christiana L. Scheib, Elizabeth A. Nelson, Aida Andrades Valtueña, Gunnar U. Neumann, et al. “Phylogeography of the Second Plague Pandemic Revealed through Analysis of Historical Yersinia Pestis Genomes.” Nature Communications 10, no. 1 (October 2, 2019): 1–13.

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Smail, Daniel Lord. “A Life in the Black Death: The Inventory of Alayseta Paula (Marseille, 1348),” Middle Ages for Educators, April 1, 2020. Accessed [date].

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Abelard and Heloise, by Sara McDougall

Sara McDougall John Jay College and CUNY Graduate Center

A translated version of the letter can be found here. See also the Epistolae website for the text of the original letter.

Further Reading:

Griffiths, Fiona J. “‘Men’s Duty to Provide for Women’s Needs’: Abelard, Heloise, and Their Negotiation of the Cura Monialium.” Journal of Medieval History, vol. 30, no. 1, Mar.
2004, pp. 1–24.

Luscombe, David and Betty Radice eds. and trans. The Letter Collection of Peter Abelard and Heloise. First edition, Clarendon Press, 2013.

McNamer, Elizabeth Mary. The Education of Heloise: Methods, Content, and Purpose of Learning in the Twelfth Century. E. Mellen Press, 1991.

Mews, C. J., and Neville Chiavaroli. The Lost Love Letters of Heloise and Abelard: Perceptions of Dialogue in Twelfth-Century France. 1st ed, St. Martin’s Press, 1999.

Morton, Vera and Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, trans. Guidance for Women in Twelfth-Century Convents, Boydell & Brewer, 2003.

Seale, Yvonne, “Teaching Abélard and Héloïse,” Making Women Matter, One Medieval Manuscript at a Time, November 25, 2018,


Abelard and Heloise, by Melvyn Bragg

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McDougall, Sara. “Abelard and Heloise” Middle Ages for Educators, April 1, 2020. Accessed [date],