This paper will discuss the practice of writing about medieval history for a popular audience, and the specific demands of teaching history through blogging. It will consider the academic underpinnings necessary to convey a message to a general audience; the use of tone; and how to draw in audiences to challenging topics. In particular, this paper will discuss how to use popular ideas and misconceptions about the medieval period both to address incorrect narratives, and increase interactions with a popular audience.
2 June 2021, 1730 – 1900 GMT (0230 – 0400 3 June AEST)
Institute of Historical Research, School of Advance Study, University of London.
Dr Eleanor Janega teaches at the London School of Economics and runs the popular medieval history blog Going Medieval, and is also the host of the television show of the same name on HistoryHit TV. She is co-host of the We’re Not So Different Podcast. Her first book for a popular audience, The Middle Ages: A Graphic History, was released with Icon on 3 June.
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