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Medieval Women’s Rights: Setting the Stage for Today

Medieval Women’s Rights: Setting the Stage for Today

Lecture by Sara Butler

Given online by the Ohio State University on March 11, 2021

Overview: The medieval church gave birth to the misogynistic rhetoric that continues to hinder women’s progress in the West today, but it also witnessed the first real “feminist” rumblings of discontent. Medieval women were not content to be victims of oppression: they challenged the rhetoric, and when that didn’t work, they found ways to work around it. Sara Butler speaks about women in the Middle Ages and learn how they faced many of the same challenges that we do today.

Sara Butler is Professor and King George III Chair in British History at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include criminal law, medicine, Christianity, persecuted groups, and women in the Middle Ages, and she is the author of Forensic Medicine and Death Investigation in Medieval England. You can learn more about Sara’s work on Academia.edu or follow her on Twitter @Sara_Canadian

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Top Image: British Library MS Harley 4431 f. 3r

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