September 13 (Sunday) 6:00 pm - October 13 (Tuesday) 7:00 pm
'History is written by the victors’. This truism can be felt the further back into the past you look. Medieval texts tell of the battles, victories, land grabs and lives
‘History is written by the victors’. This truism can be felt the further back into the past you look. Medieval texts tell of the battles, victories, land grabs and lives of great men, immortalised by Church and state in our nation’s history. But when it comes to the medieval period, this is only half the story. Peel back the surface and the different history begins to emerge.
In this riveting new talk, Janina Ramirez draws upon the latest discoveries to tell the story of those excluded from our narratives of the medieval past – women. We discover how they were at the artistic forefront in the creation of illustrated texts, blazing trails as business owners, leading armies into battle, politicking their way through society and writing some of the most powerful words of the period. By taking a fresh approach, Festival President Janina Ramirez presents a dramatic and enthralling new vision of the medieval world with women written back in.
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