OK. Liturgy article is revised and off to a friend for reading. (Thanks, friend!) What's next?
There are two pieces I'm particularly interested in working on: one about nuns and slavery, and the other about patronage of and donations to nunneries. For the first I'm just collecting bibliography and sources right now, as the second must take priority. It's already committed and needs some revision by October. The amount of time I have to work on it will also drop sharply in September once I start teaching, so I'd like to get the bulk of revisions on it done by the end of August.
Most of my research focuses directly on nuns themselves: what they did, how they lived, how they handled certain obstacles and situations, and so forth. This piece still uses monastic sources, but focuses on a different subject: the lay women who supported nunneries. There were a lot of them. I'm firmly convinced that successful late medieval monasteries really had to have a lot of small-to-middling donors to keep them going. Large donors were nice, too, of course, but the very wealthy might prefer something splashy like founding a new monastery. In the sources I'm working with I'm seeing a lot more smaller donors. Why did they give to nunneries? Did they get some benefit, social, spiritual, or otherwise, from doing so? How did miscellaneous small donations affect the communities which received them? These are the sorts of questions I'm approaching here.