On Monday, February 20th at 5.00 p.m. there will be a lecture by Rory Critten on ‘George Ashby and the Subject of Middle English Autobiography‘. Place: Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Room 130.

As Rory taught here for a semester many  students may know him. His lecture is part of the programme of EMO, the university’s medievalists’ society. During the year medievalists from various disciplines (literature, history, theology, art) give lectures to which all staff and students of the university are welcome. You can simply turn up to any talk which interests you. I’m explaining all this as it is mainly staff who make up the audience and I know from students’ questions that some don’t know that they can attend and that they would be more than welcome. Rory rightly asked me to stress this. These talks are good opportunities to hear professionals addressing one another and to hear papers by visitors to the university.

Who is George Ashby and why should anyone care? I’ll leave this to Rory to answer in detail, but it may be worth noting that he was a 15th century poet who wrote, amongst other things, about his time in prison. The relationship between author and autobiography is a question with a broad relevance so Rory’s talk should be useful as well as interesting. Ashby’s poems can be downloaded at http://www.archive.org/details/georgeashbyspoe00bategoog