Life in the Middle Ages – Medieval Women series

One of the projects that I have been working on this year is a series of posts about Medieval Women. As I wrote and edited my book on the Hundred Years War it became quite clear that there was a lot more that could be said. A number of themes emerged in the edit process that led to decisions being made about what went in the book, and what should be elsewhere. The clearest theme was that of medieval women. There is a lot in the book about them, but the number of clashes with battles meant that the ladies needed a whole project to themselves. And here it is. The Medieval Women series is quite simply a reasonably detailed biography of a different woman each week. The women are all from the later medieval period, 14th and 15th centuries, from mainly Western Europe. As the series progresses it will include more from the Wars of the Roses and expand into other parts of Europe.

Medieval Women

Several themes are evident in the history of women in the medieval era. Over time this project will cover issues ranging from female Regents and Queens in their own right, through to examples of women at the lowest strata of society. Initially the focus has been quite simply on interesting stories that aren’t particularly well known. For some, that’s simply cultural. Take Julienne du Guesclin, for example, she’s noted in many French books but rarely in English.

Medieval Warrior Women

Black Agnes’ Randolph, Julienne du Guesclin, Warrior Nun, Jeanne de Clisson, The Lioness of Brittany, Joanna of Flanders


Royal Mistresses in the Middle Ages

Agnes Sorel, Alice Perrers

Late Medieval Royal Women

Anne of Burgundy, Duchess of BedfordAnne Neville, Queen ConsortRichard duke of Gloucester and Anne Neville, Catherine of Lancaster, Queen of Castile, Eleanor Cobham, Elizabeth Woodville, Queen Consort, Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort, Margaret of Anjou, Queen Consort, Lady Margaret Beaufort, Margaret of Bavaria

Female landowners in the late Middle Ages

Dame Alice de Bryene of Acton Hall, Egidia and the Earl, Eleanor de Bohun, Duchess of Gloucester, Jacqueline, Countess of Hainault, Jeanne de Penthièvre, Duchess of Brittany, Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

Diplomatic marriages

Beatrice of Portugal, Countess of Arundel, Yolande of Aragon

Medieval Women: Mystics, Prophetesses and Witches!

Catherine de La Rochelle, Jeanne des Armoises (aka Claude of)Trial of Joan of ArcExecution of Joan of Arc, Pierronne of Brittany

Medieval Women: Ceremonies and Events

Coronation of Catherine of Valois at Westminster Abbey, Marriage of Edward IV and Elizabeth WoodvilleCoronation of Elizabeth WoodvilleElizabeth Woodville enters Sanctuary at Westminster, Coronation of Margaret of Anjou, Marriage of Margaret of York, Coronation of Philippa of Hainault

Medieval Women and Literature

Christine de Pisan

Anne of Bohemia, part of our Medieval Women series
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