By Jane Crowley

Jane is a tea-snob, wine appreciator, book lover and permanent resident of geekdom. She has spent more time than is strictly advisable with her nose stuck in medieval manuscripts and is now adjusting badly to real life.

  1. I am firmly of the belief that great women have always existed and always will, and one of the clearest markers of the existence of strong women in the Middle Ages, in my opinion, is Geoffrey Chaucer's Criseyde (one of the protagonists in his epic poem¬†"Troilus and Criseyde",¬†most assuredly now in the public domain), the Trojan widow who broke a prince's heart and caused the fall of her city. This runs against the grain…

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