Middle Ages Women

Eleanor of Aquitaine
Picture of Eleanor of Aquitaine
 

Middle Ages Women
The Middle Ages encompass one of the most exciting periods in English History. The names of famous Kings scatter the History books. But behind every famous King of the Middle Ages was a famous woman - the Medieval Queens or Princesses. But a few other women in the Middle Ages are also remembered in history as great writers, artists and religious icons. Other women found fame because of their great beauty and their roles as a mistress of a king of England.

Middle Ages Women
This section provides access to the short biographies of women who achieved fame in an era that was dominated by men. The famous Middle Ages Women included Joan of Arc, Katherine Swynford, Margery Kempe, Anna Comnena, Heloise, Hildegard of Bingen, Christine de Pizan, Julian of Norwich, Jane Shore, Alice Perrers and Lady Godiva.

Middle Ages Women

Facts and interesting information about famous women during the Middle Ages. The Medieval women of the Middle Ages had to be strong their lives cover the vicious Medieval periods from 1066 - 1485. Learn about the Mystics and the Mistresses, the Rich and the poor women of the Middle Ages.

 

The Role of Middle Ages Women
The women of the Middle Ages were totally dominated by the male members of their family. The women were expected to instantly obey not only their father, but also their brothers and any other male members of the family. Any unruly girls were beaten into submission and disobedience was seen as a crime against religion. The following section details the life, marriage and children of noble women in the Middle Ages.

Noble Women in Middle Ages
Lady of the Manor

Medieval Queens and Princesses - Famous Women of the Middle Ages
Interesting information, facts & the history about the Medieval women of the Middle Ages. The following list of the most famous women who were Medieval Queens and Princesses of the Middle Ages provides access to a brief summary of their lives. The section on these powerful women covers the lives of famous queens including Eleanor of Aquitaine, Matilda of Flanders, Good Queen Maude, Queen Matilda, Queen Matilda of Boulogne, Queen Berengaria of Navarre, Isabelle of Angouleme, Eleanor of Provence, Eleanor of Castile, Isabella of France, Philippa of Hainault, Mary de Bohun, Catherine of Valois, Margaret of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville and Anne Neville

Medieval Queens

Middle Ages Women - The Clothes worn by the women of the era
The following links provide interesting facts and information about the clothes and fashions worn by Middle Ages women.. The clothes worn by women varied according to the social standing of the person. The clothing worn by the Queens and noble Ladies was totally different than the clothing worn by women of the lower classes.

Women of the Middle Ages: Scholars, Mistresses and Leaders
The Middles Ages
was a violent period dominated by men and wars. The names of the famous women of the Middles Ages have found their place in history as scholars, artists, through their religion or in their roles as the mistresses of great men. There are facts and short biographies of  Joan of Arc, Jane Shore, Alice Perrers Katherine Swynford, Margery Kempe, Anna Comnena, Christine de Pizan, Heloise, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich and Lady Godiva.

Women of the Middle Ages: Joan of Arc, famous female heroine of the French
Facts and a short biography with key dates about Joan of Arc who was famous as the Maid of Orleans who roused the French against the English during the Hundred Years War and was eventually burnt at the stake.

Joan of Arc

Women of the Middle Ages: Katherine Swynford, famous mistress, and later wife, of John of Gaunt
Facts and a short biography with key dates about Katherine Swynford who was famous as the beautiful mistress of John of Gaunt. The couple eventually married and their children were legitimised. Katherine was therefore the ancestor of the Tudor dynasty. Katherine Swynford was also the sister-in-law of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Katherine Swynford

Women of the Middle Ages: Anna Comnena, famous as a great Medieval female author
Facts and a short biography with key dates about Anna Comnena who was a famous author and the daughter of Emperor Alexius Comnenus of the Byzantine Empire.  Anna Comnena is considered the world's first female historian. She wrote and dedicated a 15 volume book, called the Alexiad.

Anna Comnena

Women of the Middle Ages: Heloise, made famous by minstrels in the tragic story of Abelard and Heloise
Facts and a short biography with key dates about Heloise who was famous as the lover of Peter Abelard who was castrated as a result of their doomed love affair.

Heloise

Women of the Middle Ages: Hildegard of Bingen, poet. composer and as a Saint
Facts and a short biography with key dates about Hildegard of Bingen who was famous for her writing, composing music and her works of art

Hildegard of Bingen

Women of the Middle Ages: Julian of Norwich, Anchoress
Facts and a short biography with key dates about Julian of Norwich who was was enclosed as an anchoress at the Church of St. Julian in Norwich

Julian of Norwich

Women of the Middle Ages: Christine de Pizan, famous Medieval author and feminist
Facts and a short biography with key dates about Christine de Pizan who was highly intelligent author who not afraid to speak her mind.

Christine de Pizan

Women of the Middle Ages: Jane Shore, mistress of King Edward IV of England
Facts and a short biography with key dates about Jane Shore who was famous as the beautiful and kindly mistress of King Edward IV of England during the period in history known as the Wars of the Roses.

Jane Shore

Women of the Middle Ages: Alice Perrers, mistress of King Edward III of England
Facts and a short biography with key dates about Alice Perrers who was famous as the greedy, unscrupulous mistress of the aging King Edward III.

Alice Perrers

Women of the Middle Ages: Margery Kempe, Medieval Author
Facts and a short biography with key dates about Margery Kempe who was famous as the the author of the first autobiography in English called 'The Book of Margery Kempe' that detailed her pilgimage to the Holy Land.

Margery Kempe

Women of the Middle Ages: Lady Godiva, the Saxon noble woman who rode naked
Facts and a short biography with key dates about Lady Godiva who was famous as the woman who rode naked on a horse through the Medieval town of Coventry. All the townspeople stayed inside during her ride, except one man called Tom - hence the expression "Peeping Tom"

Lady Godiva

The Lives of Medieval Women in the Middle Ages
For facts and information about the daily lives of religious women (nuns, anchoress and convents) and other women in the Middle Ages including peasants and the Lady of the Manor please refer to the Middle Ages Sitemap.

Middle Ages Women
Each section of this Middle Ages website addresses all topics and provides interesting facts and information about these great monuments to bygone times. The Sitemap provides full details of all of the information and facts provided about the fascinating subject of Middle Ages!

 

Middle Ages Women

  • Medieval women, period, life, age and times
  • Famous Medieval Women
  • Facts and short Biography of women: Joan of Arc, Katherine Swynford and Margery Kempe
  • Interesting facts and information about women in the Medieval period
  • Famous Medieval women with with Facts, Timelines & Biographies
  • Facts and Biography of women: Anna Comnena, Heloise, Hildegard of Bingen, Christine de Pizan, Jane Shore and Alice Perrers

Middle Ages Women

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