School of History

HST5114 - Women and Gender in Late Medieval England, c.1300-c.1500

Module code: HST5114

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

Module Convenor: Professor Virginia Davis

Having established the religious and legal context in which women were operating, this module will explore the different stages in a woman's lifecycle, childhood and youth, married life and old age, most often as a widow. Attention will be paid to the different experiences of aristocratic and peasant women, rural and urban women. The alternative option of a life devoted to religion will be considered. Issues covered will include women's experiences of work, in both a rural and an urban environment, education, literacy and cultural patronage and the course will conclude with an examination of women on the margins of society, as criminals and prostitutes.

Assessment: Source Analysis (1,000 words) [25%] and Essay (3,000 words) [75%]
Level: 5