Academic Lecture Series: Representation of Women Warriors and Female Aggression in the Middle Ages

Mar 28, 2014
12:00 pm — 1:45 pm
D’Angelo Center, 306

This presentation examines representation of female aggression during the Middle Ages. Using medieval images and texts, Professors Cooper and Senecal examine how medieval men represented women who committed violent acts. Today scholars often represent medieval women as victims. In contrast, the media presents medieval women as “warrior-princesses.” This presentation uses  historical sources to illuminate the surprising complexity of medieval women’s roles as aggressors and combatants.

TRACEY-ANNE COOPER is Assistant Professor of History at St. John’s University. Cooper specializes in Anglo-Saxon England. She is completing a book, “Monastic Reform, Pastoral Care and Erudition: Reading London BL Cotton Tiberius A. iii in its Manuscript Context,” under contract with the Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies.

CHRISTINE SENECAL is Associate Professor of History at Shippensburg University. She is the co-author of Envisioning Women in World History, vol. I. Her prior publications focus on the aristocracy of Anglo-Saxon England. Professors Cooper and Senecal are co-editing a volume of essays, Representations of Women Warriors and Female Aggression in the Middle Ages, to be published by Brepols.