Thank you for reading keep your mind in hell and despair not. I set up this newsletter as an attempt to motivate myself to write without the pressure to pitch and email editors and write topical content for a specific audience, so everything here is reflective of what I’m thinking about at the moment and what matters to me. Its predominant themes are eschatology, martyrdom and surrender, love and relationships, and the intellectual legacy of medieval thought.

A bit about me: I’m Rose, I’m twenty-six and I live on a boat in Oxford, where I’ve lived on-and-off for the past eight years. I grew up in South Wales and speak Welsh (though now only when I get too drunk and start singing hymns). My background is in medieval history — I did my undergraduate degree in history and my master’s in medieval history, with two theses on early medieval theologies of martyrdom. I’m currently moving more towards theology and I’m interested in eschatology and philosophies of history, particularly thinking about cycles of disenchantment and re-enchantment in how we approach history and time. I’ve worked as a schoolteacher, a tutor and as a pastoral assistant in a church.

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rose lyddon 

all that's real to me is marilyn and jesus