Mystics and Plants Webinar – Monday, April 19, 2021.

This seminar, on plants in mystical texts, originated from the discussions on the Early Franciscan Reading Group. The programme can be found here. To register, please fill out the requested details here.

M&LEN Reading Group

Our current reading group cluster is on  The Song of Songs and the Mystics of Helfta: Mechthild of Magdeburg, Mechthild of Hackeborn, and Gertrude the Great. We will also be reading Bernard of Clairvaux’s Sermons on the Song of Songs (and the text itself) to enrich our discussion. We will begin in the week of January 25, 2021. If you are interested in joining us, contact us.

Non-M&LEN News and Events of Interest

Cistercian Worlds – The programme and registration details are now available for “Cistercian Worlds”, a virtual two-day conference, sponsored by the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, organised by Emmie Rose Price-Goodfellow And Jack Ford. Visit for details.  This is a free event, but registration is required.

The Unicorn/Roundtable Conversation: Voices of Women Mystics – Eya, a women’s vocal ensemble specializing in medieval music, is hosting a “Roundtable Conversation: Voices of Women Mystics” on April 6th ( as a lead up to their concert “The Unicorn” on April 16th. From their website – “Inspired by the mysterious medieval tapestries known as “The Lady and the Unicorn,” this program amplifies the voices of visionary women who seek–and find–sacred union unto themselves. Featuring medieval music of women, including the trouvères, Hildegard von Bingen, Las Huelgas Codex, French motets, and a special new commission by Baltimore-based composer (and friend of Eya) Douglas Buchanan, featuring the voices of medieval mystics.” Both the roundtable and the concert are ticketed events, and tickets can be purchased on their website here:

Verdant Medicine: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary – The musicians of Alkemie present a livestream performance of music by composer, abbess, and apothecary Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) that focuses on her healing use of plants. The music will be followed by a roundtable conversation with the musicians and three noted scholars, Dr. Victoria Sweet (Rooted in the Earth, Rooted in the Sky: Hildegard of Bingen and Premodern Medicine), Dr. Alisha Rankin (Panaceia’s Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany), and Dr. Minji Lee (“Woman’s Body In-Between: The Holy and Monstrous Womb in Medieval Medicine and Religion”), moderated by Johns Hopkins historian of medicine Dr. Mary Fissell. Those who register by Apr. 22 (use coupon code HildegardJH for FREE access) will be mailed hand-made “intersensory program cards” that you can literally smell, taste, and touch as you experience the performance.

My Favourite Mystic Podcast” – AJ Langley has started a podcast speaking to other academics about mysticism. It is called “My Favourite Mystic” and is available wherever you listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Spotify etc), or at

Recordings of Previous Events:

The recording from our past events (“Mysticism and the Stigmata in Medieval and Early Modern Europe” with Professors Carolyn Muessig and Aviad Kleinberg, and “Prophecy, Purgatory and Popular Assent to War with Dr Lydia M. Walker) are now available here.