All posts by Grace Hamman

Dr. Grace Hamman is a writer and independent scholar of medieval literature. She graduated with her doctorate in English from Duke University in 2019, and has years of teaching experience. Grace also writes a podcast and blog on old books and their relevance to our lives today, at She is currently working on a book about medieval humility in authors like Julian of Norwich, William Langland, and the Pearl-poet. She lives in Denver with her husband, Scott, and their three young kids.

Know Thyself: What Medieval Christians Teach Us About Humility

“Are Americans humble?” a family member asked as I explained part of my dissertation on medieval humility to him. “Um… I don’t really think so. Not generally,” I awkwardly mumbled. This answer was unsatisfactory; firstly, because I bungled it. Secondly,...

/ May 6, 2021