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Henrike Lähnemann

Professor of Medieval German Literature and Linguistics
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Henrike Lähnemann is Professor of Medieval German Literature and Linguistics at the University of Oxford, and Fellow at St Edmund Hall. Her current research interests concentrate on late medieval and early modern devotional and literary culture, particularly in the convents of Northern Germany – hence a strong interest in Psalms and psalters as backbone of monastic and religious life. Projects include editing the letters of the nuns from the Benedictine Abbey of Lüne (The Nuns’ Network) and reconstructing the devotional writing of the nuns of the Cistercian Abbey of Medingen (Medingen Manuscripts). For 2017, she is concentrating on contextualising the 500th anniversary of the publication of the 95 theses within Oxford in a Reformation Trail and the Singing the Reformation project – another context where Psalms are omnipresent. Recent books include ‘Liturgie und Reform’ (2013) and ‘Mysticism and Devotion’ (2014).