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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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Six Trailblazing Medieval Women: BBC History Magazine

I'm delighted to say that my article on "Six Trailblazing Medieval Women" has appeared on the BBC History Magazine website. My editors at Oxbow Books who publish A Medieval Woman's Companion: Women's Lives in the European Middle Ages arranged this connection. Social media is a great way to  Read More 
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New Medieval Poetry: The Lyrical Cyrus Cassells and Joan of Arc

My dear colleague, lyric genius Cyrus Cassells, has just published a poem that should appeal to those interested in medieval women. Called “Spring and the Spirit of Saint Joan,” Cyrus’s newest publication appears in the inaugural issue of AMP from Hofstra University.

In that rushing, animate place
where Saint  Read More 
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Memorial Day: A Little Flower in the Rain

My mother, Joan, wrote about the Unknown Soldier in a poem from late May 1937 when she was 14 years old. You can trace her progress from experience–visiting the statue to an unknown doughboy in World War I as described in her diary–to her creation of a poem in honor of him.
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"Put this on the syllabus next time you teach Beowulf.”

Peter J. Smith, reader in Renaissance literature, Nottingham Trent University, has just finished Susan Signe Morrison’s Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife (Top Hat, 2015). “This retelling of the Anglo-Saxon epic by one of the period’s most renowned scholars is gloomy and powerful in equal measure. Morrison names the  Read More 
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Grendel's Mother wins Literary Classics Seal of Approval

I'm delighted to report that Grendel's Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife has been awarded the Seal of Approval from Literary Classics. Here is their review.

"Skillfully penned in a style which flows remarkably well, while masterfully incorporating an old world flair, this book transports readers to medieval Denmark and the fascinating world of Grendel....This book reads well as a stand-alone, but would be an excellent companion piece as a prequel for those seeking greater depth, or an alternate view, of Beowulf. Grendel's Mother is highly recommended for home and school libraries and as a teaching tool for educators. This book has earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval."

I'm delighted by this review! And the Seal of Approval.
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All the Single Ladies.....

Imagine thousands of medievalists rushing to sessions with titles such as “Fanfiction in Medieval Studies” and “‘Get Ye Flask’: Friars and Uroscopy in Medieval England” (uroscopy being the science of analyzing urine). You can read more about my experiences at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, an annual conference that takes place at  Read More 
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