Sharon Rowley


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, […]

Trip to the American Shakespeare Center

CNU English and MRST Students to Attend Joan of Arc (1 Henry VI)! This trip to the American Shakespeare Center’s performance is being fully funded by the English Department. When: Saturday 3 October 2015 We’ll travel by bus to Staunton, VA. Our first event is a tour of the historical reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Theater. […]

Swords, Demons, Witches and Saints

It might be early for references to Halloween, as in my title, but CNU English and MRST took a group of students to see the American Shakespeare Center’s Joan of Arc (1 Henry VI), yesterday (ASC) on Saturday, 3 October 2015. We braved the wind and rain, with the fearless piloting of our heroic driver […]

Recent Posts

Lecture: “Why I Wrote This Book”

by Dr. David Salomon Wednesday, 18 September 3pm Trible Library 170

A Phoenix Reborn:

A Concert of Previously Unedited Music for Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz’s Loa 380 7:30 pm on Saturday 6 April 2019 CNU Pope Chapel Featuring: Members of The Piedmont Singers of Central Virginia Jenny Edenborn, Violin Susannah Livingston, Violin Brady Lanier, Cello Valentina Sorbera, Harpsichord Presentation by Dr. Sarah Finley, Christopher Newport University Responses […]

CFP: the Second Annual MRST Undergraduate Research Showcase

Call for papers Announcing the second annual CNU Medieval and Renaissance Studies Undergraduate Research Showcase! When: 4:00 pm, 17 April 2019 Location to be announced Submit a 250-word abstract for a 15-minute presentation based on your research in any MRST class this year to: by 25 March 2019 go to: or talk to […]

The Parker Library on the Web 2.0

This is just a brief post about the recently launched “Parker Library on the Web, version 2.0,” which is free to the public. The Parker Library at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge holds an extensive collection of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, as well as early printed books. Most of the manuscripts have now been digitized, and […]

Upcoming Events and Activities

The Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor at CNU is delighted to announce several upcoming events and activities.   On 22 February 2018, our lecture series will continue with Dr. David Salomon, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. His talk is entitled: ““Incipit: Archival Research in Medieval Studies.” 4:30 pm, Trible Library 170.   Next: […]

MRST Lecture Series starts today!

Join us today at 4:30 pm in the Trible Library Room 170 to hear CNU’s own Dr. Eric Silverman on “Courtly Love and the Virtuous Hero in Game of Thrones” Q&A and a book signing to follow!   Dr. Eric Silverman is associate professor of Philosophy and Religion at Christopher Newport University, and a research fellow […]

THEA 395: Shakespeare Mechanics: Verse & Text

This is one of the special topics courses being offered in Theater and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor at CNU in Spring 2018.  It will be taught by Dr. Laura Grace Godwin, MWF 3:00 – 3:50p. Description and Objectives: This course explores selected works of William Shakespeare from the perspective of a theater or […]

Exploring Primary Sources in pre-Columbian Art History

FNAR 403WI: Exploring Primary Sources in pre-Columbian Art History Dr. Morán This is another special topics course being offered at CNU this spring that also counts towards the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor. Description: Indigenous cultures of the Americas recorded their histories, their mythologies, and even their tribute systems in a broad range of forms.  […]

ENGL 423: Major Authors: Geoffrey Chaucer

CNU English will be offering a Major Authors course on Geoffrey Chaucer that will also count towards the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor. John Dryden considered Chaucer to the “the father of English poetry;” more recently, Francine Prose has observed that: “It has become fashionable to talk about voice in fiction as if it were […]

MRST Courses for Spring Term 2018

The following courses being offered in Spring term 2018 qualify for credit in the MRST program: CLST 201 The Mythic Imagination ENGL 200 Literary Foundations: Ancient – 17th Century ENGL 312 History of the English Language ENGL 373 Myth, Legend and Romance in Medieval British Literature ENGL 423 Major Authors: Chaucer* FNAR 202 World Art […]