Dr. Lisa Ruch
As the Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle prepares to be released to the public this week, readers will recognize one of the publication’s most prolific authors as Bay Path College’s Lisa Ruch, PhD, associate professor of English and communications.
The history books written and read in educated circles throughout Europe and the Middle East during the Middle Ages, medieval chronicles are not only important sources for their history, but equally they expose the preoccupations and self-perceptions of those who tell it. The Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle is the first reference work on medieval chronicles to cover works from Europe, North Africa and the Middle East over a period of 12 centuries. The two-volume set features illustrations and more than 2,000 entries, filling an important gap for historians, art historians and literary scholars.
Ruch, who specializes in medieval literature—especially the vague line between legend and history in the Middle Ages—authored and co-authored numerous Encyclopedia entries. Her articles focus both on specific texts, such as St. Albans Chronicles and Des Grantz Geanz, and authors from the Middle Ages, including Roger of Howden, royal clerk under Henry II, and English monk and 13th century chronicler Walter of Coventry, among many others.
In addition to her role at Bay Path, Ruch is a member of the Medieval Academy of America, the Medieval Chronicle Society, the Early English Text Society, the International Arthurian Society, and the American Comparative Literature Association.
For more information on Dr. Ruch, click here. To learn more about the Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, visit http://www.brill.nl/default.aspx?partid=227&pid=22429.