Medieval Women, c.1100-1500


A study of the history and historiography of medieval women, this course considers what medieval women's history consists of, how it can or should be written and why it is worth writing.

We take case studies of individual women including Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hildegard of Bingen, Margery Kempe, Heloise and Joan of Arc and consider how their experiences illuminate our wider understandings of themes such as queenship, female monasticism, lay devotion, scholarship, mysticism and heresy. We also examine women's life cycles, working lives and sexualities, and investigate how recent scholarship on medieval masculinities has transformed appreciation of the complexities of medieval gender.

To complete this course students must enrol in HISTORY 736 A and B.


Coursework only

For full course information see the Digital Course Outline.

Digital Course Outlines are refreshed in November for the following year. Digital Course Outlines for courses to be offered for the first time may be published slightly later.

Availability 2024

Not offered in 2024; planned for 2025


Coordinator(s) Professor Kim Phillips


HISTORY 736A: 15 points

HISTORY 736B: 15 points