Medieval Scholar Mary Martin McLaughlin, dead at 87

Mary Martin McLaughlin, best known for editing work on The Portable Medieval Reader (Viking, 1949) and The Portable Renaissance Reader (Viking, 1953), has passed away at the age of 87.

Her research focused mainly on the roles of women and children in the Middle Ages, subjects largely ignored before she began work. Her final books, to be published posthumously, are the first full biography of Héloïse, the lover and later wife of the 12th-century French philosopher Peter Abélard, and the first English translation of the complete correspondence of Héloïse and Abélard.