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“Beowulf” Rock Operas, Appalachian Old-Time Music, Tolkien, and Philology

Learn about Beowulf Rock Operas and even an Appalachian “old time” musical, Brother Wolf .
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How J.R.R. Tolkien Found Mordor on the Western Front

A recent article in The New York Times commemorating the Battle of the Somme during the Great War, World War I, argues how J. R. R. Tolkien’s terrifying experiences in the trenches influenced his mythscape of Hobbiton, Mordor, and Middle Earth.
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Website with Medieval Women’s Letters

A post on Medievalists.net by Danièle Cybulskie has helped draw attention to a website hosted by the distinguished medieval scholar, Dr. Joan Ferrante. The site is Epistolae: Medieval Women’s Latin Letters.” See Cybulskie's original post at: http://www.medievalists.net/2016/05/28/epistolae-letters-of-medieval-women/
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Campaign to Save ITV show “Home Fires”

Sadly, ITV has cancelled the next season, sparking outrage. I hope ITV decides to reinstate the series–it is wonderful and all from the women’s perspective on the home front. But you can sign the petition (with over 31,000 signatures) to save “Home Fires.”
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New Review of "Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife"

Grendel’s Mother is a stunning, imaginative response to the many questions the iconic poem leaves unanswered. The writer’s deep knowledge of the Norse Sagas and the world of Beowulf spills from every page....This is the hidden story of the women behind the Beowulf saga. Read More 
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New 5 Star Review of "Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife"

Grendel’s Mother by Susan Signe Morrison is the Beowulf legend as you have never heard it before. If you are familiar with the legendary poem, you will definitely enjoy the fresh and utterly compelling spin Morrison puts on the Old English tale as she creates compelling backgrounds to  Read More 
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New 5 Star Review of "A Medieval Woman's Companion"!

"A Medieval Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages by Susan Signe Morrison offers a treasure trove of information about the trail blazing women who lived during a tumultuous time in Western European history. In this book designed for young adult readers, the author introduces - in six  Read More 
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"Grendel's Mother" wins the Words on Wings Book Award for young adult fiction, a Literary Classics Top Honors Award!

Delighted to hear that "Grendel's Mother" won the Words on Wings Book Award for young adult fiction, a Literary Classics Top Honors Award!
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A Writer's Story: Guest Post for Reading the Past

Here's my guest post for Sarah Johnson's wonderful blog, Reading the Past, about all things having to do with historical fiction. Enjoy.
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My Amazing Students, Part 1: Play and Anglo-Saxon Culture

Read about my students' amazingly creative games they made, inspired by Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Culture.
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