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A Poisoned Past: Telling Tales from Microhistory, the Archives, and the Academy

A Poisoned Past: Telling Tales from Microhistory, the Archives, and the Academy
125 Queen's Park, Lillian Massey Building Room 301
Time: Feb 27th, 10:00 am End: Feb 27th, 12:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women/Gender, Medieval Studies (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), French and Linguistics (UTSC), French (FAS), Environment, Critical Theory, 1200-1500
Lecture by Steven Bednarski

The Centre for Medieval Studies is pleased to present:

Steven Bednarski, University of Waterloo

A Poisoned Past: Telling Tales from Microhistory, Archives, and the Academy

Steven Bednarski is Associate Professor of History at the University of Waterloo.  He is a social historian of crime and gender specializing in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. His main areas of research are Provence and, more recently, the south of England. In Provence, he reads criminal trials to see the plots and plans of ordinary townspeople. From them he extracts lessons on wife assault, child abuse, adultery and illicit sexuality, gender norms, pedagogy, and women’s healthcare. In England, he has begun a new field of research that centres on the estate at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex. There, he plans to study the impact of global climate change and rising sea levels on human habitation and settlement patterns. He is the author of Curia: A social history of a court, crime, and conflict in a late medieval town (Montpellier, PULM, 2013) and
A Poisoned Past: The life and times of Margarita de Portu, a Fourteenth-century Poisoner. University of Toronto Press, 2013, among many other studies.

This event is free and open to all.  Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the Centre for Medieval Studies at (416) 978-4884.


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