The next History and Heritage Research Seminar will be delivered by Dr Renee Ward (University of Lincoln), ‘Giving voice to Griselda: Nineteenth-century radical re-imaginings of a medieval tale’ on Wednesday 29th March, from 4.30pm to 6.00pm in MC0024.

This talk introduces the Victorian writer Eleanora Louisa Hervey and her poetic responses to the Griselda story, including post-medieval editions of Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale that were popular in the middle decades of the nineteenth century. Although she participates in the Chaucerian branch of Victorian medievalism, Hervey boldly rejects canonical and more widely known versions of the tale, and uniquely reimagines Griselda’s story from a female perspective. In doing so, she presents instead a radical, proto-feminist retelling that critiques male authority and patriarchal social structures.