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Women in the Middle Ages

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The medieval woman is caught between two conflicting ideals. On the one hand, she is Eve, the temptress and corrupter of men; a position that sometimes disempowers her and places her as the victim of men’s power struggles, and other times gives her a dark power over her male counterparts. On the other side, she is Mary, the pure redeemer of womankind, embodying virtue, but this position is also an avenue for female disempowerment, objectifying her and making her little more than a prize to be won. The changing role of women during the Middle Ages was largely brought about more »

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The Medieval Hero

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The medieval notion of the hero changes drastically from that of the classical period. Up until this time, the hero had been a hard, nigh unstoppable force, out for personal gain and glory. Achilles springs to mind, the fearless Greek hero who fought for the Achaeans at the siege of Troy, whose greatest motivation was the gain of geras, that is, material prizes and enduring glory (The Iliad, 1. 342-355). The medieval hero, on the other hand, was faced with the task of finding balance between earthly fame and spiritual purity. With the rise of Christianity, medieval knights became bound more »

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A Close Reading from Cosmographia

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“A long chain of fate and history stemmed from the first man, who was shown as distinguished by the elevation of his head. Now were shown the ways of fortune, the downtrodden simplicity of the masses, the venerable exaltation of kings. Now poverty begot misery, or overabundance led to dissipation. Most people preserved a median existence between the two extremes. Now a human life was ordained to the toils of war, the pursuit of wisdom, or some other kind of endeavor. The sequence of the ages, introduced by the pure primal state of the Golden Age, could be seen degenerating more »

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You’re off the edge of the map, my friend—

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Here there be monsters! Welcome to the place where I have decided to venture into the uncharted waters of blogging (well, uncharted for me, at any rate). I make no promises about how and when I will update this site, though I hope to make it part of my creative routine. My goals for this place are multi-faceted: I hope to chronicle some of my creative endeavors, create a portfolio with which to attract attention to my work, and to provide a place for me to share my thoughts on writing, art, life, the universe and everything.