6:30PM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 Sharan Newman: Death Before Compline
Award-winning historical fiction author Sharan Newman visits with Death Before Compline and hosts "The Lady as the Lord in the Crusader States," the next talk in the popular "Fearless Females: The Audacious and Feisty Women of the Middle Ages" series from the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
In Death Before Compline, Newman's short stories, set in the twelfth-century France of her Catherine LeVendeur series, depict day-to-day realities in the medieval religious and family life of nuns, noble people, scholars, courtiers, merchants, hermetic spinsters, children, and more. Newman also discusses her research on women of the Crusades. Although lordship was considered largely a male endeavor—due to capture, death in battle and high female birth rate—women often ruled the new medieval kingdoms. Learn about Melisende, queen of Jerusalem; Alice and Constance of Antioch; Emma, the "Lady of Jaffa," and many other women who did what traditional historians insist that medieval women were never permitted to do.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR SHARAN NEWMAN is a medieval historian and author. She took her Master’s degree in Medieval Literature at Michigan State University and then did her doctoral work at the University of California at Santa Barbara in Medieval Studies, specializing in twelfth-century France. She is a member of the Medieval Academy and the Medieval Association of the Pacific. Newman has done research at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique France Meridionale et Espagne at the University of Toulouse and the Institute for Jewish History at the University of Trier, as well as many departmental archives.