Portraits of Women in Power in the Medieval World from Hilde of Whitby to Joan of Arc – COURSE FULL
Despite the male-dominated world in which they lived, a number of women in medieval England, Germany and France rose to place their stamp on their contemporary worlds and also on history. The course will cover the careers of a number of women in church and state from the 7th – 15th centuries. In particular, a number of queens of the period – Emma (queen to both King Aethelraed and King Crut), Matilda (heir to Henry I), Eleanor of Acquitaine (Henry II’s queen), Isabella of France (Edward II’s queen), Margaret of Anjou (Henry VI’s queen) and Elizabeth Woodville (Edward IV’s queen) – were, with varying degrees of success, able to overcome more narrowly prescribed definitions of their role. We will summarise careers and assess these figures for their impact on their times. All-comers welcome.
Tutor: Mark Cottle
Dinner Friday 6 – Lunch Sunday 8 March
Fees (£): 395 338 338 226
Mark Cottle was born in the Scilly Isles, educated at Truro School in Cornwall and was a graduate of Birmingham University with a Masters Degree in late Medieval History. Mark has spent over 20 years lecturing in Anglo-Saxon, Medieval and Tudor history in further and higher education.