Kristen Over teaches medieval British literature in the English Department at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Her research explores relationships between insular cultures, especially francophone and Welsh. She has written a book on French and Welsh Arthurian romance and medieval colonialism, and articles on Peredur fab Efrawg and Culhwch ag Olwen. Feel free to contact her via email: [email protected]
In 18 months, the "Great Pestilence" of 1348-49 killed half of England's population, and by 1351 half the population of the world. Chaucer's plague tales reveal the conservative edges of an astonishingly innovative medieval poet.