Women and Gender in Late Medieval England, c.1300-c.1500
Queen Mary, University of London
Area of Study
Gender Studies, History, Women's Studies
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
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: 50.0% Examination, 50.0% Coursework
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