Inaugural Post!

Welcome! I’m Dr. Sharon Rowley, the Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MRST); I’ll tell you more about myself in a moment. In the meantime, this is your window into what’s going on in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at CNU.  Please watch this space for short, informative posts about the CNU’s MRST program, faculty research, classes, and the events or activities we plan for students here at CNU. We’ll also sometimes publish articles on topics of general interest related to medieval and early modern studies.


This fall semester is off to an excellent start, with lots of classes in MRST being offered. These are:

CLST 201 The Mythic Imagination

ENGL 271 Arthurian Legend in Fiction and Film

ENGL 421 Shakespeare

FNAR 202 Survey of World Art II

FNAR 376 Medieval Art

FREN 351 Studies in the Early Modern Era

HIST 111 Ancient & Medieval World

HIST 365 History of Islam

HIST 395* Early Middle Ages

LATN 200 Latin and Its Living Legacy

PHIL 201 Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

PHIL 202 Modern Philosophy

PHIL 451 The Great Philosophers

RSTD 212 Religions of the West

THEA 310 Theater History I

If you’re in any of these classes, or if you have an interest in our minor, please contact me (click on comment, or send me an e-mail at, or speak to your professor. You can find out more about faculty members involved in this program if you click on “Contributors” (above). (* Special topics courses like this require a signature to count for the minor.)


This semester, MRST and English will be hosting a trip to see a play at the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, VA. Stay tuned for more details!

We’re also looking forward to CNU Theater’s productions of My Case is Altered in October and Macbeth in the Spring. We may also host some film screenings of Arthurian or Shakespearean films. Stay tuned or contact me if you’re interested in any of these ideas or productions.



Once again, I’m Dr. Rowley, I’m teaching Shakespeare and the Arthurian Film and Fiction this term, and am a professor in the Department of English. My research interests are broad, but my current project involves editing the Old English version of Bede’s Ecclesiastical History. I spent several weeks this summer working in the archives at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in the Radcliffe Camera and in Bodleian Library.

 Photograph by Sharon M. Rowley©

Photograph by Sharon M. Rowley©

I was studying one Old English manuscript in particular, Corpus Christi College, Oxford MS 279b. You can see a digital copy of it here.  This work is part of a larger project I’m working on with Dr. Greg Waite (University of Otago, New Zealand), for which we were awarded a large grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Other MRST faculty members were also working hard and having fun this summer! Dr. Michelle Erhardt (Fine Arts and Art History) was in Rome for study abroad. She will tell you more about herself and this trip in an upcoming post.

Photo by Michelle Erhardt.©

Photo by Michelle Erhardt.©




Dr. Grace Godwin (Theater) was in London teaching and attending plays at exciting venues like the Globe Theatre! She will also tell you more about herself and the exciting performances coming up in CNU Theater in October.

Photo by Grace Godwin ©

Photo by Grace Godwin ©


Dr. Amanda Herbert (History) and Dr. Eric Silverman (Philosophy and Religious Studies) have been awarded grants for this year, so they are on leave. Each will be writing a post for this space in the upcoming months about their research and interests.

"Huntington Library, in a landscape setting by Beatrix Farrand." Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

“Huntington Library, in a landscape setting by Beatrix Farrand.” Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Finally, MRST would also like to extend a very warm welcome Dr. Charlotte Cartwright, who is new to the History faculty this term. She will tell you more about herself and an upcoming event at CNU focusing on the Magna Carta, also in an October post.

As I hope you can see, we’ve been busy pursuing our diverse interests and planning a wide range exciting events for the CNU community this year. Feel free to comment or get in touch with me if you have any questions!

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