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November 19, 2009

Medieval Workshop, Wednesday, December 2, 12:30 p.m.

Elissa Hansen, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Minnesota, will present her work on "Reading Revelations: Reception Histories for Julian of Norwich." Two short primary source readings are available in advance of the workshop. The first is a compilation of responses to Julian's life and work and the second is a .pdf file of the first several pages of a seventeenth century edition of Julian's life. The workshop will be held at 12:30 p.m. in 235 Nolte Center.

Trivia--Week of 19 November 2009

What Persian historian, responsible for writing (or at least commissioning) a history of the Mongols that became an entire chronicle of world history, served as Chief Minister of the Ilkhanate before being executed in 1318?

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November 13, 2009

Trivia--Week of 12 November 2009

According to Stephen of Bourbon, what was the name of the animal venerated by a local tradition north of Lyons where otherwise orthodox Christians observed a rite that they claimed could heal sick or injured children?

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November 9, 2009

Medieval Colloquium, Tuesday, November 17, 4:00 p.m.

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Professor of Middle English at the University of Notre Dame, and author of Iconography and the Professional Reader: The Politics of Book Production in the Douce Piers Plowman, (University of Minnesota Press, 1999) and, with Linda Olson, Voices in Dialogue: Reading Women in the Middle Ages (University of Notre Dame Press, 2005), will talk to us about "Gender, Authorship and Social Injustice: Some Major Middle English Poetic Manuscripts and their Marginalia."

4:00 p.m. 140 Nolte Center.

November 6, 2009

Trivia--Week of 5 November 2009

In Dante Alighieri's conception of the afterlife, where can you find the souls of sinners with their eyes sewn shut as disembodied voices shout about the fate of Cain?

Please send trivia responses in email with the subject line "trivia" directly to Gabriel Gryffyn (ggryffyn.cms@gmail.com). Previous weeks' trivia results will be announced en masse NEXT WEEK. We apologize for the continued delay.

Medieval Colloquium, Tuesday, November 10, 4:00 p.m.

David Morgan, Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will speak to us about "The Mongols in Iran." Prof. Morgan is the author of two seminal books Medieval Persia 1040-1797 (1988) and The Mongols (1988) among many other publications. His lecture will explore the nature of the Mongol impact on Iran, from the time of the invasions of 1219-23 until the end of the Mongol kingdom in the 1330s. Was it wholly destructive, as traditionally believed, or were there positive elements that historians, without minimizing the death and destruction that the Mongols brought with them, ought also to consider? The workshop will take place at 4:00 p.m. in Nolte 140.