Learn Live: Medieval Women Writers

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Medieval women

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Analysing women writers from the medieval period

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Join Dr Victoria Symons and Dr Mary Wellesley for this two-week online course exploring the works of women writers during the medieval period.

Week one – Wednesday 9 February 2022

The first session will focus on works from the early medieval period, written in Old English and Anglo-Latin. This selection of letters, poems and charms – including some of the earliest verse known to have been authored or performed by English women – explores themes of isolation and exploration, love and loss, family ties and the power of language.

Please note this session will include discussion of a charm dealing with pregnancy loss and traumatic birth.

Week two – Wednesday 16 February 2022

The second session will focus on two female writers of the Middle English period. The Revelations of Julian of Norwich was written by an anchoress – a woman who walled herself inside a cell to live a life of prayer and contemplation. It is a work of great rhetorical skill and a radical piece of theological writing.

The Book of Margery Kempe was written by an ordinary middle-class woman in the 15th century. It is a work of openness and honesty, which gives us a rare glimpse into the experiences of a non-elite woman during this period.

This course takes place on Zoom and we will email you a joining link the day before. There will be an opportunity to ask the tutors questions throughout the course, and have conversations with your fellow participants in virtual breakout rooms.

If you require live-captioning please contact adultlearning@bl.uk as soon as possible.


Name: Learn Live: Medieval Women Writers
Where: Online
When: -
Price: Full Price: £40.00
Student: £32.00
Registered Unemployed: £32.00
Senior (60+): £36.00
Young Person (18-25): £32.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546