While the main website and blog are maintained by Susan, the pages in this specific section, “Student Pages,” were created by Susan’s students. They are graduate and undergraduates in the English Department at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, USA. Their quirky enthusiasm helps make the pages fun as well as informative. But you should be sure to double check scholarly sources yourself before quoting their pages.
In the spring of 2014, Susan taught two classes entitled Medieval Women of Action, courses exploring women from Western Europe between c. 300-1500 CE. These women of adventure and daring, who got out into the world in an active way—they created, marched, led, rode, fought, agitated, and made a difference. Doubly marginalized due to gender and the remoteness of the time period, medieval women’s accomplishments were explored. “Action” for a medieval woman might, at times, differ from the action of a post-medieval woman. That is, it may not seem like “action” to permit oneself to be walled up into a cell next to a church as an anchorite, but for medieval people such a spiritual guide would be considered a woman of action. Her action of praying was perceived as achieving something valuable, perhaps even more than conventional, physical forms of movement.
I (Susan) asked students to research different women and topics so they could learn more and get credit. I also wanted them to work on these webpages because they are closer in age to young adults than I am. I thought focusing on young adults for the audience of the website would be a fun and useful way for my students to make their pages informative as well as fun. While you can, of course, google a Wikipedia page, I thought my students could make their pages lively and accessible in a way I (or Wiki!) could never even imagine.
From Anthony Russo’s wickedly amusing take on Christina of Markyate to Melody Howard Verm’s fun activities for Brigid of Kildare, I hope you learn and enjoy these pages. The students were also required to list sources, so you can find them here too. Be sure to contact me if you have any ideas for these pages: corrections, additions, fun activities, books published especially appealing to an YA, college, or general audience, or anything else that might strike you.
The students creating these pages are, in alphabetical order:
Ashley Alvarado: Brynhild and Gudrun, Legendary Germanic Women
Brittany Baker: Hildegard
Kristyne Baran: Transvestite Saints
Bernice Barrera: Marie de France
Katherine Boyle: Mary Magdalene–Katie brought us Easter Eggs with treats inside–I never knew Mary Magdalene is legendarily said to have “invented” Easter eggs
Laura Bright: Eleanor of Aquitaine
Joseph Brownfield: Mary Magdalene
Eric Chapelle: Hildegard von Bingen, focusing on her music (he’s a brilliant composer)
Stephanie Childress: The Paston Letters–be sure to check out her medieval twitter!
William Clark: Herrad of Landsberg
Elizabeth Cobb: Marguerite de Porete
Alexandro Cortez: Heloise
Allison Estrada-Carpenter: Medieval Childhood and Adolescence
Sarah Howze: Saint Catherine of Siena
Daniel Karner: Birgitta of Sweden
Benjamin Maddish: Emma of Normandy
Kaitlin Marroquin: Gudrun — KT is a fantastic creative writer and ingeniously decided to write a diary from Gudrun’s point of view
Whitney May: Holy Anorexia
James Meador: Teresa de Cartagena
Elissa Erin Myers: Pope Joan
Matthew Parrott: Hrotsvit of Gandersheim
Sarah Pollok: her work was on medieval medicine
Deanna Rodriguez: Christine de Pizan
Leyla Rodriguez: Anna Komnene
Zachary Russell: Beatrice of Nazareth
Anthony Russo: Christina of Markyate — his hilarious piece is written in the voice of a disaffected teen
Allison Scott: Vibia Perpetua
Synthia Shurtleff: Na Prous Boneta
Jennifer Stark: Jenny made her own site and made cosmetics according to medieval recipes. Be sure to check it out!
Mallory Thrasher: St. Catherine of Siena
Richard Turner: St. Mary of Egypt
Michael Vela-Rice: St. Clare of Assisi and St. Francis
Valerie Vera: WordPress genius and all around helper
Melody Howard Verm: Brigid of Kildare–Melody really went to town on Brigid-even making adorable Brigid cookies we happily ate in class!
Carolie Wolf: Joan of Arc