English Medieval Queenship
with Dr Rosemary Horrox (University of Cambridge)
at Sutton Hoo,
Saturday, 3rd October, 2015.


It is only relatively recently that historians have become interested in queenship rather than individual queens. This day school draws on a range of examples to explore what was expected of medieval queens as wives and mothers, and how far they were in a position to wield power.

Provisional Programme

09.50 – 10.15:         Coffee on arrival

10.15 – 11.15:         Queens and queenship

11.15 – 11.40:         Coffee break

11.40 – 12.40:         The queen as wife and mother

12.40 – 14.00:         Lunch break

14.00 – 14.50:         The queen as intercessor

14.50 – 15.10:        Tea break

15.10 – 16.00:         Popular and unpopular queens

c.16.00:                   Thanks and Close

About Dr Rosemary Horrox

Rosemary Horrox MA PhD FRHistS is Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. She is the author or editor of a range of works on medieval England, including Richard III: a study of service; The Black Death; Fifteenth-century Attitudes: perceptions of society in late medieval England.

Some Suggestions for Optional Background Reading

George Bernard (ed.), The Tudor Nobility (Manchester University Press 1992)

Helen Castor, She Wolves (Faber & Faber 2010)

David Crouch, The Image of the Aristocracy in Britain, 1100-1300 (Routledge 1992)

David Crouch, The English Aristocracy 1070-1272 (Yale University Press 2011)

Chris Given-Wilson, The English Nobility in the later Middle Ages: The Fourteenth-Century Political Community (Routledge & Kegan Paul 1987)

Judith Green, The Aristocracy of Norman England (Cambridge University Press 1997)

Rosemary Horrox, Fifteenth-Century Attitudes: Perceptions of Society in Late Medieval England (Cambridge University Press 1994)

Rosemary Horrox, & W.M.Ormrod, A Social History of England, 1200-1500 (Cambridge University Press 2006)

Rosemary Horrox & S.Rees Jones, Pragmatic Utopias: Ideals and Communities, 1200-1630 (Rosemary Horrox & S.Rees Jones, Pragmatic Utopias: Ideals and Communities 2001)

Susan Johns, Noblewomen, Aristocracy and Power in the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman Realm (Manchester University Press 2003)

Joanna L. Laynesmith, The Last Medieval Queens: English Queenship 1445-1503 (Oxford University Press 2004)

John C. Parsons (ed.), Medieval Queenship (Palgrave Macmillan 1994)