BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: New Generation Thinker: Hetta Howes from City, University of London

Welling Up: Women and Water in the Middle Ages

The Barbour Room

Medieval mystic Margery Kempe’s excessive, noisy crying made her travelling companions so irritated that they wanted to throw her overboard, while others accused her of being possessed by the devil. But Kempe believed she was using her tears as a way to get closer to God, turning the medieval connection between women and water into a form of bodily empowerment and a holy sign.

New Generation Thinker Hetta Howes explores the connections between medieval women and water.

New Generation Thinkers is a scheme run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select ten academics each year who can turn their research into radio.


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Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018

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