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Medieval World: Medieval Women

Resources to support the Year 8 Humanities Unit: Medieval world - The Middle Ages

Women in the Middle Ages

Women in the Middle Ages occupied a number of different social roles. During the Middle Ages, a period of European history lasting from around the 5th century to the 15th century, women held the positions of wife, mother, peasant, artisan, and nun, as well as some important leadership roles, such as abbess or queen regnant. The very concept of "woman" changed in a number of ways during the Middle Ages and several forces influenced women's roles during the period.

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12 Notable Women of Medieval Europe


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Before the Renaissance—when a number of women in Europe wielded influence and power—women of medieval Europe often came to prominence primarily through their family connections. Through marriage or motherhood, or as their father's heir when there were no male heirs, women occasionally rose above their culturally-restricted roles. And a few women made their way to the forefront of accomplishment or power primarily through their own efforts. Find here a few European medieval women of note. Continue reading...

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The lives of Two Medieval Women - This article takes a look at two women from the period of time after the black plague and before the Renaissance where life and society, and the roles of men and women began to change and form into the precursors of modern life.