Theme music: “Veni, Veni, Venias,” from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, sung by the MIT Concert Choir.

Logo image: Gorleston Psalter, England ca. 1310–1324. Find the whole thing in the British Library, Add 49622; this is fol. 185v.

Header image: The Crusader Bible, ca. 12441254. Find a selection of pages at the Morgan Library and Museum; this is MS. M.638, fol. 23v.

(As a former academic copy editor, I apologize for the lack of uniformity of the bibliography below. Please consider it a work in progress. It covers episodes 1 through 6 as of 9/25/20.)

Academic (and Nonacademic) Treatises on Medieval Texts

Alexopoulou, Marigo. “‘Christus Patiens’ and the Reception of Euripides’ ‘Bacchae’ in Byzantium. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, Supplement, no. 126 (2013): 123–37.

Bynum, Caroline Walker. Holy Feast and Holy Fast: The Religious Significance of Food to Medieval Women. The New Historicism: Studies in Cultural Poetics, Book 1. University of California Press, 1988. 

Crawshaw, Jane Stevens. “The Renaissance Invention of Quarantine.” In The Fifteenth Century XII: Society in an Age of Plague, edited by Linda Clark and Carole Rawcliffe (Boydell & Brewer, 2013).

Dronke, Peter. Women Writers of the Middle Ages: A Critical Study of Texts from Perpetua to Marguerite Porete. Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Dronke, Peter, ed. Nine Medieval Latin Plays. Cambridge University Press, 1995. 

Elliot, Dyan. Proving Woman: Female Spirituality and the Inquisitional Culture in the Later Middle Ages. Princeton University Press, 2004. 

Green, Monica H. “When Numbers Don’t Count: Changing Perspectives on the Justinianic Plague. EIDOLON (Nov. 18, 2019),

Green, Monica, ed. Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death, The Medieval Globe, vol. 1, no. 1. Arc Medieval Press, 2014.

Horrox, Rosemary, ed. and trans. The Black Death, Manchester Medieval Sources, book 1. Manchester University Press: 1994.

Haft, Adele J., Jane G. White, and Robert J. White. The Key to “The Name of the Rose”: Including Translations of All Non-English Passages. University of Michigan Press, 1999. 

Jansen, Katherine Ludwig. The Making of the Magdalen: Preaching and Popular Devotion in the Later Middle Ages. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.

Katritzky, M.A. “What did Vigil Raber’s stage really look like? Questions of authenticity and integrity in medieval theatre iconography.” In Vigil Raber: zur 450. Wiederkehr seines Todesjahres.  Eds. Michael Gebhardt and Max Siller. Schlern-Schriften, 326. (Innsbruck: Wagner, 2004), 85–116.

Kieckhefer, Richard. “Radical tendencies in the flagellant movement of the mid-fourteenth century.” Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, vol 4 (1974), pp. 157–176.

Martin, Therese. Reassessing the Role of Women as ‘Makers’ of Medieval Art and Architecture. BRILL, 2015.

McGinn, Bernard. A History of Western Christian Mysticism (vol. 1–6). 

McGinn, Bernard. The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart: The Man from Whom God Hid Nothing. Herder & Herder, 2003 (1st paperback ed.). 

Mulder-Bakker, Anneke B. Lives of the Anchoresses: The Rise of the Urban Recluse in Medieval Europe. Trans. by Myra Heerspink Scholz. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

Newman, Barbara. God and the Goddess: Vision, Poetry, and Belief in the Middle Ages. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

Newman, Barbara. “The Life of Blessed Juliana of Mont-Cornillon: An Introduction and Excerpts.” In Vox Benedictina: A Journal of Translations from Monastic Sources, vol. 5.

Njus, Jesse. “The Politics of Mysticism: Elisabeth of Spalbeek in Context.” Church History, vol. 77, no. 2 (June 2008): pp. 285–317.

Njus, Jesse. “What Did It Mean to Act in the Middle Ages?: Elisabeth of Spalbeek and Imitatio Christi.” Theatre Journal, vol. 63, no. 1 (March 2011): pp. 1–21. 

Rubin, Miri. Corpus Christi: The Eucharist in Late Medieval Culture. Rev. ed. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Savage, Anne and Nicholas Watson, eds. Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works. New York: Paulist Press, 1991.

Simons, Walter. Cities of Ladies: Beguine Communities in the Medieval Low Countries, 1200-1565. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003. 

Watson, Nicholas. Richard Rolle and the Invention of Authority. Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

Colonization/Decolonization/Other Philosophical Stuff That Seems Important

Artaud, Antonin. The Theater and Its Double. Trans. by Mary Caroline Richards. Grove Press, 1994.

Barthes, Roland. Mythologies. Editions du Seuil, 1952; trans. by Annette Lavers, Paladin, 1972.

Dean, Carolyn J. Inca Bodies and the Body of Christ: Corpus Christi in Colonial Cuzco, Peru. Duke University Press, 1999. 

Foucault, Michel. Discipline and Punish.

Foucault, Michel. The History of Human Sexuality, vol. 1.

Hesse, Herman. Siddhartha

Plato’s works, especially Meno, Cratylus, Phaedo, Phaedrus, Theaetetus, Parmenides, and the Republic. 

Medieval and Pre-Medieval Texts

Aelred of Rievaulx, Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis I, ed. by A. Hoste and C. H. Talbot (Turnhout: Brepols, 1971), pp. 635–82 (p. 639). 

Aelred of Rievaulx’s De Institutione Inclusarum: Two Middle English Translations edited by Ayto and Barratt. 

Alighieri, Dante. The Divine Comedy

Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron. 

Christus Patiens: An 11th or 12th century version of Christ’s passion, written as a verse poem in Greek.

Chaucer, Geoffry. The Canturbury Tales.

Francis, St. The Canticle of the Sun.

Francis, St. The Rule of St. Francis


Grene, David and Richmond Lattimore, eds. and trans. Euripides V. 3rd ed. Edited by Mark Griffith and Glenn W. Most. University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Hasenfratz, Robert, ed. Ancrene Wisse. (Teams Middle English Texts.) Medieval Institute Publications, 2001. 

Hildegard of Bingen. Ordo Virtutum

The plays of Ibn Daniyel.

Kemp, Margery. The Book of Margery Kemp. (Jesse mentions, variously, the TEAMS edition, an edition by Windeatt, and the Norton translation.) 

Mankind: A morality play from East Anglia (UK)

Oglive-Thomson, S. J. Richard Rolle: Prose and Verse from MS. Longleat 29 and Related Manuscripts. (Early English Text Society Original Series). Early English Text Society, 1988 (1st ed.).

The Ordinalia: A series of three Cornish plays

The Three Living and the Three Dead

Petarch. Sonnets.

Porete, Marguerite. The Mirror of Simple Souls

The Popul Vuh

Rolle Richard. Richard Rolle: The English Writings. Classics of Western Spirituality series: English and Middle English Edition. Ed. and trans. by Rosamund S. Allen. Paulist Press, 1988 (new ed). 

Rolle, Richard. English Prose Works of Richard Rolle: A Selection from the Edition by Carl Horstman. Edited by Carl Horstmann. London: Sonnenschein, 1895-1896.

Watson, Nicholas. Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works. (Classics of Western Spirituality series). Paulist Press, 1991 (1st ed.).

Yiimimangaliso: The Mysteries. 

List of Shakespearian Plays We Have Discussed

A Winter’s Tale


Merchant of Venice

Henry IV, pt. 1

Comedy of Errors

Titus Andronicus

Henry VI

Richard III