Anne Clark Bartlett, Ph.D.

University of Iowa

My research and teaching explores the cultural contributions of medieval English women (c. 600-1600) as audiences for and as writers, translators, and patrons of manuscripts and books. It has long been thought that medieval women were "chaste, silent, and obedient," to use the common phrase, and that they did not participate actively in intellectual and cultural affairs. However, we now know that the first autobiography that survives in English (The Book of Margery Kempe) was authored by a woman-- and the best-known military treatise in Europe through the eighteenth century (a version of Vegetius's De Re Militari) was compiled and translated by Christine de Pizan. These are only two examples of the contributions of female readers and writers in the Middle Ages. The introduction of women's voices expands and enriches our understanding of medieval culture in all its range and complexity.


Scholarly Interests

Margaret Atwood, David Foster Wallace, the posthuman and object-oriented ontology.


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Current Research

I am working on a monograph entitled, "From the Abbess Queens to the Virgin Queen: Gender and Statecraft in Late Medieval England." My focus now is the first of many manuscripts commissioned by Lady Margaret Beaufort (mother of Henry VII and great-grandmother of Elizabeth I). Translated and printed by William Caxton in 1489, this text is"Blanchardyn and Eglantine," a chivalric romance that offers intriguing parallels to Lady Margaret's own political activities.



graduate and undergraduate courses on Saints and Sinners in the Middle Ages, Medieval Women Writers, medical humanities, the teaching of literature



Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, American Council on Education, Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, and the American Association of University Professors