Before properly embarking on this blog I’d like to outline what is at once a mission statement of sorts, and a disclaimer. In my very short years as an academic writer I’ve grown increasingly (and, at times, prohibitively) self-conscious. Self-conscious of how my own experiences, environment and personal relationships all in some way influence the way in which I view a piece of medieval literature. How they influence which theoretical frameworks, scholarly works and primary texts I choose to devote my time and analysis to. I’d venture to say the same is true of all literary scholars, past and present.