Cate’s CV

Catherine (Cate) Elizabeth Gunn


Author of Ancrene Wisse: From Pastoral Literature to Vernacular Spirituality

Co-editor of Texts and Traditions of Medieval Pastoral Care

An experienced, enthusiastic and committed teacher


Ph.D. ‘The Rhetoric of Spirituality in Ancrene Wisse

Author of Ancrene Wisse: From Pastoral Literature to Vernacular Spirituality (University of Wales Press, 2008)

Co-editor with Catherine Innes-Parker, Texts and Traditions of Medieval Pastoral Literature: Essays in Honour of Bella Millett (York Medieval Press in association with Boydell & Brewer, 2009)

Articles on the thirteenth-century work of guidance, Ancrene Wisse, Julian of Norwich, the Speculum religiosorum of Edmund of Abingdon and an early-thirteenth century dialogue, Vices and Virtues


Currently teaching in Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex.

Experience of teaching in continuing education before and during Ph.D. studies, teaching literature of different periods, including medieval literature, to a broad range of students in small seminar groups and large lecture theatres. Courses designed, delivered and assessed.

Skills and experience

Languages: early Middle English (reading, translating, teaching); Latin (reading and translating); French (reading ability in Old and Modern); Old English (reading)

Palaeography: Palaeography Summer School at School of Advanced Study, University of London, attended 2002, 2004, 2006.  I have transcribed medieval French and Latin manuscripts.

Active participation in conferences in the UK and the USA; symposium organised with the English department of Southampton University on ‘Texts and Traditions of Medieval Pastoral Literature’

External reviewer for Medieval Feminist Forum

Advised the Channel 4 programme ‘Time Team‘ on anchorites at their recent excavation at Colne Priory

Publications for full list see Bibliography

Work in progress

A new edition of The Mirror of Holy Church, a Middle-English translation of Edmund of Abingdon’s Speculum religiosorum (and Speculum ecclesie).


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