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Bad Boy Romance:

Harvard Style Essay:



I was waiting to see that flash of desire in her eyes. You know, the thing all girls get when they look right at me for the first time. But there was nothing...

She looked almost good enough to eat in her strapless red top and elegant black pantsuit. Her hair was long and blonde and her skin was tanned a golden brown. She looked a bit like a goddess in disguise; like you’d be able to screw her back to glory with no problem. She’d obviously not had any action in the bedroom for a while. I could discern this immediately from the way she touched her hair and glanced over my physique in a fleeting, give-away moment.

“What's up baby, what do you wanna know?” I said and gave her my most winning smile. Then I did the trick with my biceps; flexing them in such a way that it appeared to be an involuntary display of magnificent muscle. "That should melt this little ice queen journalist," I thought as I watched her closely for a reaction.

“How does it feel to be the symbol of male chauvinism to a generation of young men?”

I have to admit she had me stunned there for a moment. No “How do you feel after that magnificent victory?” or “Please explain how you managed to throw that perfect split‑second pass that won the match.” Just a straight face as she basically accused me of being a bastard.

I kind of liked it.


The translated manuscripts of the lives of St Juliana and St Agatha show their female protagonists struggling against the unjust constraints imposed on them by their terrestrial lords, apparently in the hopes of gaining the ultimate reward of a place in heaven. The depiction of their struggle has important implications for the self-image of the medieval women reading these texts, insofar as they sanction resistance to male authority under special circumstances.


In the first part of this essay, some consideration will be given to the general historical matrix of these stories and their intended audience. This will shed more light on the motivations behind their specific composition and true historical significance.

The Intended Audience

Some commentators have highlighted the fact that the lives of the Saints are unusually sophisticated and on a higher academic level higher than the ordinary poems which frequently appeared in text over the same period (Millett, Bella. The Audience of the Saints Lives of the Katherine Group. University of Southampton. 1988, p128). It is possible that the manuscripts, as we have them today, reflect a desire by the original authors to hide their true intention and to reach a more sophisticated section of medieval society than might appear at first glance. This is a sign of the time; liberal ideas of this period had to be hidden in common publications to evade persecution.


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