It was good to meet Cheryl Butler at the CMRC Castles Study Day at the University, and learn from her that the first edition of the Blood and Valour comic is due out in 2 months. It was less pleasing to hear that her plans for a launch in the appropriate space in the old Southampton Guildhall has met with lack of enthusiasm and co-opertaion from those she contacted in Southampton. It continues the lack of real interest in the Bevis story in Southampton that has plagued it in modern times, apart of course from a few place names. Maybe the comic will bring this epic tale of adventure to a new and more enthusiastic audience.
Meanwhile, I am beginning to compile an extended reading list in preparation for developing the Perilous Female Spaces paper, which will then contribute to my full literary study of the romance.