Monthly Archives: January 2008

Notes from the Founding Editors

From the General Editor: History isn’t a sacred text. We can edit it using a big red marker. We can meet to discuss what it should and shouldn’t be. We can write a new draft. And perhaps that new draft … Continue reading

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“Keep your whore with her wool baskets!”: Sulpicia answers back

By Susannah Darby Roman elegy was a very one-sided conversation. Male poets would write to women, both in praise, and in criticism, of them. Although they demanded that their girlfriends be “doctae puellae”, educated girls, and although Sappho was celebrated … Continue reading

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Commitment to poverty and commitment to Christ: The spirituality of Saint Clare as revealed in her letters to Agnes of Prague

By Charlotte King Saint Clare was born in the small northern Italian town of Assisi in 1194 to a noble, wealthy family. When she was 18 she resisted pressure from her family to marry and secretly ran away to join … Continue reading

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Gabriele Münter: The Yellow House and Boating

By Maria Villalonga Gabriele Münter’s role in the History of Art is no longer limited to her partnership with Wassily Kandinsky: she is now accepted as an artist in her own right. Das Gelbe Haus and Boating exemplify Münter’s contribution … Continue reading

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“At the beginning there was the deed.” Rosa Luxemburg and the Theory of Mass Strike

By Hannah Kuchler   Polish revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg lived her life by this motto, organising, protesting and campaigning for revolution. Not content with founding and leading the Polish Social Democratic party she moved to Germany to be at the industrial … Continue reading

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Hildegard of Bingen

By Sophie Johnston There has been a resurgence of interest in the figure of Hildegard of Bingen, particularly in female religious circles. But despite increased knowledge of her ecstatic religious visions and contribution to medieval music, few are aware that … Continue reading

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Rosalind Franklin: Beyond the Helix

By Dan Hudson “As a scientist Miss Franklin was distinguished by extreme clarity and perfection in everything she undertook” – J. D. Bernal, Nature 1958 Dr. Rosalind Franklin (1920-58) is famously accredited with the original evidence for the B-DNA double … Continue reading

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Morality & Art: the fiction of inescapability

By Clare Barnard Philippa Foot’s academic career has spanned arguably the most changeable time of the twentieth century. She has now returned to Oxford, after being made Griffin Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles in … Continue reading

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Jocelyn Bell and the Lighthouses of the Sky

By Maddie Geddes-Barton In 1967 Bell was working on her PhD in astronomical physics: the study of outer space. The specific aim of her research was to test a new radio telescope designed mainly by her supervisor Anthony Hewish. The … Continue reading

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