Writing medieval women back into history.
This is a live online event. Bookers will be sent a link in advance giving access and will be able to watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time*.
‘History is written by the victors.’ This truism can be felt the further back into the past you look. Medieval texts tell of the battles, victories, land grabs and lives of great men, immortalised by Church and state in our nation's history. But when it comes to the medieval period, this is only half the story.
In this talk, Dr Janina Ramirez draws upon years of research and new discoveries to tell the story of those often excluded from our narratives of the medieval past – women. We discover how they were at the artistic forefront in the creation of illustrated texts, blazing trails as industrious business owners, leading armies into battle, politicking their way through society and writing some of the most powerful literature of the period. By taking a fresh approach that is interdisciplinary, diverse and experimental, Janina presents a vision of the medieval world with women written back in.
Dr Janina Ramirez is a cultural historian, broadcaster, and Oxford academic. She has published widely on medieval art and literature, and has taught and researched across a broad chronological sweep, covering everything from the sculptures of antiquity to post-modern architecture. She is the author of several acclaimed books, including Julian of Norwich: A Very Brief History and The Private Lives of the Saints, and has presented numerous BBC documentaries – from Raiders of the Lost Past to Saints and Sinners: Britain's Millennium of Monasteries.
In association with HistFest
*Please note, questions may only be submitted to the speaker during the live times.
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