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American University of Beirut
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Medieval, Gender, Women's Writing, Women, Nuns, Religious History, Norman Conquest, Royalty, Monasticism, Sermons, Migration, Early Medieval, Middle Ages
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About Me

Kathryn Maude is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at the American University of Beirut. Her research centers on women’s writing and writing for women in the early Middle Ages. She is interested in discussing early medieval history and literature.

Her most recent project concerned addresses to women in guidance texts, sermons and saints’ lives, putting women’s commissioning of work at the center of literary history. Her monograph, Addressing Women in Early Medieval Religious Texts, came out with Boydell and Brewer in 2021. Her other current projects explore women’s letter writing across the medieval world, migration in the early Middle Ages, and queer saints’ lives past and present.

Recent Publications


Addressing Women in Early Medieval Religious Texts, Boydell and Brewer, 2021


Berhtgyth’s Letters to Balthard – edition of a collection of early medieval letters. Online here:

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Ÿ ‘She fled from the uproar of the world’: Eve of Wilton and the Rhetorics of Solitude’, Magistra (June 2015)

Ÿ ‘Citation and marginalisation: the ethics of feminism in Medieval Studies’, Journal of Gender Studies, 23.3 (2014), 247-261

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Ÿ ‘Look at my Hands’: Physical Presence and the Saintly Intercessor at Wilton’, Dealing with the Dead: Mortality and Community in the Middle Ages, ed. by Thea Tomaini (Leiden: Brill, 2018) [Peer-reviewed]

Ÿ ‘Writing Community: the Opportunities and Challenges of Group Biography in the case of Wilton Abbey’, in Writing the Lives of People and Things, AD 500-1700, ed. by Robert Smith and Gemma Watson (Farnham: Ashgate, 2016)

Other publications (journals without peer review, book reviews, popular)

Journal Articles

Ÿ ‘‘Primitive’, ‘Unsophisticated’ and ‘Irrelevant’: addressing first year students’ assumptions about the Middle Ages’, Higher Education Research Network Journal, 8 (2014), 33-43. Prizewinning Essay.

Ÿ Allfrey, Francesca et al., ‘New Ways to Know the Medieval: Creativity, Pedagogy and Public Engagement with Colm Cille’s Spiral’, Old English Newsletter, 46.3 (2015)

Media Coverage
Country Focus
United Kingdom
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
Expertise by Topic
Book History, Gender, Migration & Immigration, Pedagogy, Religion, Women