See update at the end
Oh good grief. Unconscious sexism – it gets in everywhere.
A BBC story about the finding of a medieval ring in Norfolk.
The ring, found by a metal detectorist in South Creake, Norfolk, dates from between 1350 and 1430.
Dr Jonathan Good, author of The Cult of St George, said the ring “attests to the popularity of St George” and may be linked to a guild devoted to the saint.
Dr Good, who is associate professor of history at Reinhardt University, in Georgia in the US, said the ring “could have have owned by a guild member. It could have been a way of them showing their dedication”.
“It is in these pre-reformation times that St George came into his own in England,” said Dr Good.
Kathleen Kennedy, an expert in medieval rings and associate professor at Penn State-Brandywine University in the US, said it was “a wonderful find for Norwich”.
She said the ring was “originally enameled, so like so much of the medieval statuary remaining to us today, what we see as one colour would have originally been brightly variegated”.
Dr Adrian Marsden, a coin expert based at Norwich Castle Museum, said: “The ring has on it St George spearing a dragon. That is unusual and interesting because St George was a very popular saint in Norwich.”
A tweet from DOCTOR Kathleen Kennedy:
Kathleen E. Kennedy @TheMedievalDrK 2 hours ago
hey @BBCNews If the 2 men quoted get to be called “Dr” why don’t I? http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-norfolk-33427306 … #medievaltwitter
Was it because they couldn’t remember if it was Doctoress or Doctorette?
Update: It’s been fixed. Chris Cook of the BBC did the fix. He says using “Doctor” for academics is not BBC house style, so it may be amended again later such that no one is called Doctor; meanwhile all three of them are. Supa.