Dr Rachel E. Moss is a lecturer in medieval history at the University of Oxford and until October 2018 is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on the project ‘Beyond Between Men: The Medieval Homosocial Imagination’. For the academic year 2018-19 she is a Visiting Researcher at the University of Surrey. Her ‘superbly thought-through’ (Arthuriana) first book, Fatherhood and its Representations in Middle English Texts, was published by D.S. Brewer in September 2013. A specialist in late medieval English history and literature, she has researched and written on family, gender, sexuality, gentry and mercantile societies, and literary culture. Passionately invested in making the past accessible to all and in making the academy a more inclusive place, Rachel regularly writes for mainstream publications such as History Today and The Times Higher Education on themes including education, academic culture and late medieval history. She is a regular blogger and avid tweeter – the idiosyncratic handle for both, @menysnoweballes, came from the Middle English Brut:
And now y shal telle ȝow of þe noble Erl Thomas of Lancastre. When he was taken & brouȝt to Ȝork, meny of þe citee were ful glade, and oppon him criede wiþ hye voice, “A, sire traitoure! ȝe arne welcome, blessed be God! for now shal ȝe haue þe reward þat longetyme ȝe haue diserued!” and caste oppon him meny snoweballes, and meny oþer reproues dede him. But þe gentil Erl þat soffrede, and saide neþer on ne oþere.