Please find below details of the last talk in the 2017/18 season for the Essex Branch of the Historical Association:
'Was there a "Golden Age" for Women in Medieval London?'
A talk by Professor Caroline Barron
Professor Emerita, History Dept. Royal Holloway College, University of London
Saturday 12th May 2018 at 2.30pm in the Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2XB
It is usually assumed that women were almost invisible in the medieval period: very much the subordinate partners in marriage and unable to achieve economic or social independence. While it is true that for much of the medieval period (and later!), women were underpaid and undervalued, yet in the 150 or so years following the Black Death of 1348-49, women in London enjoyed a public profile and were able to take advantage of considerable economic opportunities. The situation changed again in the sixteenth century and the reasons for this will be explored in this talk.
Visitors and prospective members warmly welcome.