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About Anna Taylor

Anna Taylor’s book, Epic Lives and Monasticism in the Middle Ages, 800-1050, published by Cambridge University Press in 2013, is the first book to focus on Latin epic verse saints’ lives in their medieval historical contexts. It examines how these works promoted bonds of friendship and expressed rivalries among writers, monasteries, saints, earthly patrons, teachers, and students in Western Europe in the central Middle Ages. Using philological, codicological, and microhistorical approaches, it reveals new insights into monasticism, patronage, and education. Epic verse lives offer an unprecedented glimpse inside the early medieval classroom, provide a nuanced view of the complicated synthesis of the Christian and Classical heritages, and show the cultural importance and varied functions of poetic composition in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh centuries. Taylor’s earlier publications focused on hagiography, her newer research expands that interest in two directions: the monastic creation of fictional texts (forged and imagined works) composed to support saints’ lives and the role of animals in saintly narrative.


Present Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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University of Massachusetts Amherst
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