‘Jeanne de Montbaston’ is the alter ego of Lucy Allen, a medievalist working on the literature and culture of late-medieval England, with occasional forays into being rude about the patriarchy. I’m a teaching associate of the English Faculty at the University of Cambridge.
My research looks at gendered stereotypes of truthfulness in popular fiction, especially medieval romance. I think that our modern expectations of how fiction should represent men and women can be traced back to medieval literature and culture. By understanding how stereotypes about women came to be formed in medieval literature, we can learn how to deconstruct modern assumptions about gender.
Everything I write on these pages is speculative and up for debate, so please feel free to join in. You can also find me on twitter as @LucyAllenFWR. All views, both on this blog and on twitter, are personal. I retain the copyright, so please ask before quoting or reblogging.