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4 Aspects of Medieval Queenship over 4 Centuries

  • Milner Hall St. Peters Street Winchester Hampshire (map)

Milner Hall, St. Peter Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8BW

In this talk, four experts on medieval queens from the University of Winchester will illuminate key aspects of queenship, using examples from four centuries over the Middle Ages.

Cathy Capel will talk about medieval queens and warfare, drawing on examples from the 12th century, including 'The Anarchy' when the Empress Matilda fought her cousin Stephen for the throne-including an epic battle in Winchester itself!

Gabby Storey will discuss the relationships queens had with their husbands, sons and daughters/mothers-in-law, which was frequently fraught with conflict. She will focus on the 13th century, including Richard the Lionheart and Berengaria of Navarre and King John and Isabella d'Angoulême.

Katia Wright will discuss the lands and revenues of queens, highlighting the fact that queens were one of the biggest landowners in the realm-and frequently in debt, like the 14th century queen Philippa of Hainault.

Finally, Ellie Woodacre will talk about dowager queens, debunking the myth that these were quiet 'twilight' years using 15th century examples like Joan of Navarre who was accused of witchcraft and placed under house arrest.

Altogether, this talk will paint a vivid picture of queenship in the Middle Ages and highlight the opportunities and challenges that these fascinating women faced.

  • Friday 20 September: Starts promptly 1800

We strongly recommend booking to guarantee a place, any remaining unreserved seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The talk will last approximately one hour, followed by half hour questions/discussion. Total duration 1 ½ hours. There will be nothing inappropriate for children but this event will be geared towards adults but could include perhaps secondary aged students and above. 


Milner hall is located in the grounds of St Peter's Catholic Church located between St Peter's Street and Jewry Street.