Project Status: Ongoing
Epistolae is a collection of medieval Latin letters to and from women. The letters collected here date from the 4th to the 13th centuries, and they are presented in their original Latin as well as in English translation. The letters are organized by the name and biography of the women writers or recipients. Biographical sketches of the women, descriptions of the subject matter of the letters, and the historical context of the correspondence are included where available.
Dr. Joan Ferrante, Professor Emerita of English and Comparative Literature of Columbia University, has with her colleagues collected and translated these letters mainly from printed sources. She has worked with the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning to develop this unique open online collection for teaching and research purposes. New letters continue to be added to the collection. Users are invited to participate by sending material or inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions, fully acknowledged, will be added to the database after review for accuracy and style by members of the Epistolae board.
Resource Type: Catalog, Searchable Database, Text: Medieval, Text: Modern
Modern Language: English
Language of Modern Translation: English
Medieval content details:
Dates: 300 - 1300
Subject: Byzantium, Carolingians, Celtic, Clergy, Epistolography, Family, Children, Marriage, Gender, Nobility, Gentry, Nuns, Royalty, Monarchs, Women, Women Religious
Type/Genre of Medieval Primary Source Material: Art and Artifacts, Letters, Petitions, Manuscripts, Material Evidence, Textual Evidence
Geopolitical Region: Africa, Europe, Middle East
Original Language: Latin