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Medieval Scholar from Ohio State Invokes 'Witchcraft' for OWU Lecture

April 2, 2003

DELAWARE, OHIO -- Ohio State University professor Richard Firth Green will visit Ohio Wesleyan to present his lecture, "Merlin's Mother: A Prehistory of Early Modern Witchcraft," on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bayley Room of Beeghly Library.

Green, educated at Jesus College Oxford and the University of Toronto, has published and lectured internationally on Ricardian court poets such as Chaucer, Langlan and Lydgate.

Assistant professor of English Patricia DeMarco said, "Drawing on a wide range of legal materials, Professor Green has shown how medieval and early modern literature enacts crucial shifts in thinking about the nature of crime, evidentiary standards and social ideas of 'truth.'"

Green has been the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, as well as a number of grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His most recent book, A Crisis of Truth: Literature and Law in Ricardian England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998), addresses the momentous changes in English law and practice during the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era.

The lecture is sponsored by the Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and is free and open to the public.