On July 2nd, 1936, an impressive ceremony was held in a small city in Saxony. Heinrich Himmler, the leader of the SS, led a procession of Nazi officials through the streets, past ranks of SS troopers and Hitler Youth, winding their way up to the tenth-century monastery that sat on a hill in the middle of … More Nazis in the nunnery*
Who is she? Hrosvitha (AKA Rosvita, Hrotsvit, Hroswitha, Roswitha, Hrotsuit plus many other variations) was a canoness* from Germany who lived in the mid to late tenth century. We don’t know her exact date of birth or death, but she was most active around the 960s to 970s. As her name implies, Hrotsvitha lived at Gandersheim, … More Spotlight on Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim
When I explain to people that I study women and politics in the medieval world, I’ve repeatedly heard the response ‘Oh, so you’re a gender historian then?’ At first, I would nod and say ‘Yes, I suppose so’. However, as I’ve gone further with my research I’ve become increasingly uneasy with this response.