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Level 7

7AAH1009 The History of Medieval Women: Image & Reality

Credit value: 20 credits
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20: Dr Alex Sapoznik; Professor David Carpenter; Dr Simon Parsons
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour weekly seminars
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 4,000-word essay

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

The module considers images of women, religious and secular, through such evidence as saints’ lives, literary texts, art, and handbooks of instruction for wives and daughters. It examines the varieties of women’s position in law, and of women’s economic activities in town and countryside and at different social levels. Special attention will be given to the role of gender in the work of women writers from Dhuoda to Christine de Pizan and, in social and political history at large, to the interplay of gender and class.

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