Arts / Classical/ Ancient

“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 as the Ninth Muse, we rarely hear the other side of the story. Many, if … Continue reading

Humanities / Medieval

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 St Francis and his followers. She was unable to follow the itinerant lifestyle of the … Continue reading

20th century / Arts

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 to Art, reflecting both her style and her most intimate concerns. The link between Münter’s … Continue reading

20th century / Humanities

“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 heartland of Europe. Fiercely opposed to German militarism, she campaigned for a general strike to … Continue reading

Medieval / Science

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 Hildegard also wrote extensively on the subjects of medicine and natural science. These ‘scientific’ works … Continue reading

20th century / Science

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 helix (the most common form), a monumentally important revelation which served as the basis for … Continue reading