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

Module code: HST5114

Credits: 15

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 25% and Essay 75%
Level: 5

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