Book Love: The Versions Of Us

I recently stayed up Really Late several nights in a row to finish The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett. Let me just say, it was worth the extra cups of coffee I needed in the mornings to function properly. I absolutely loved this book. The Versions of Us tells three separate stories of Eva…

From the Archives: Venus Transit Edition

I found this on my old blog from 2012, and it seemed interesting and relevant, and worth re-posting.  Enjoy! Did you watch the Venus Transit this year?  You know, when Venus’s orbit makes it appear that it’s going across the sun, and it happens every 110 years or so?  Well, that’s not entirely accurate.  It…

Medieval Monks and Nuns weren’t as Promiscuous as We All Think They Were

I recently came across a post on medievalists.net about a thesis by Christian D. Knudsen concerning sexual misconduct in convents and monastic houses.  The idea that the monasteries were corrupt, and in “decline” just before the Dissolution is a narrative that has been largely unchallenged for 500 years, and in that light the Dissolution undertaken…