Medieval Heroines in History and Legend

Medieval Heroines in History and Legend This course presents the lives based on the latest scholarly interpretations of four medieval women who still shimmer in the modern imagination Heloise the abbess and mistress of Abelard the prophe

  • Title: Medieval Heroines in History and Legend
  • Author: Bonnie Wheeler
  • ISBN: 9781565855243
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Audio CD
  • This course presents the lives, based on the latest scholarly interpretations, of four medieval women who still shimmer in the modern imagination Heloise, the abbess and mistress of Abelard the prophet Hildegard of Bingen the legendary Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and the woman warrior and saint, Joan of Arc In Medieval Heroines in History and Legend , Pro This course presents the lives, based on the latest scholarly interpretations, of four medieval women who still shimmer in the modern imagination Heloise, the abbess and mistress of Abelard the prophet Hildegard of Bingen the legendary Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine and the woman warrior and saint, Joan of Arc In Medieval Heroines in History and Legend, Professor Bonnie Wheeler discusses these four remarkable women in the light of the present golden age of medieval scholarship Almost daily, researchers are recovering lost information that corrects our picture of what had been a misunderstood era As a result, we know than ever about the roles women played in medieval life What did it mean to be a heroine in the medieval world As the four subjects of this course make clear, it meant shaping and changing that world In the monasteries and churches where people prayed, the universities where they wrote and thought, and even on the political map of Europe itself, these women made differences perceived not only in our time, but in theirs.Women of Intellect, Words, and Passion These lectures are an extraordinary opportunity to study great women of the past in their own words Professor Wheeler bases her discussions on recently discovered or recovered written records they left behind, from Hildegard s prodigious scholarship to the personal letters of Heloise and detailed transcripts of Joan of Arc s trial With these documents as a basis, you will see Heloise 1101 1163 as a forerunner of Europe s new day Her letters passionately overflow with the new knowledge of her day With her star crossed love, Abelard, she invented a new mode of philosophic thought Only now are scholars recovering the long, important second half of the story of Heloise as a woman of power after Abelard s death Her letters show her to be well versed on such topics as Cicero, classical philosophy, Latin poetry, and rhetoric She saw the institution of marriage in her day as little than a commercial transaction, and its duties burdensome, noisy, costly, and dirty Her letters reveal her desire to be Abelard s meretrix prostitute rather than his imperatrix empress In her discussions on Heloise, Professor Wheeler also covers the long debate as to whether Abelard and Heloise s letters to one anotherthe first, first person record of a love affair in human history are genuine or not Hildegard of Bingen, like Heloise a 12th century abbess, is revealed as the last flowering of antique learning She lived a dramatic life as a mystic, voluminous writer, and preacher She was a personal advisor to Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, and her political involvement and passion as an advocate for clerical and imperial reform give her special interest in our day Only in the last generation have scholars rediscovered this amazing medieval intellect Based on her letters, at least four popes and 10 archbishops corresponded with her, not to mention some 100 other individuals notable to history.Among her many writings, her Book of Simple Medicine was an impressive mini encyclopedia on what we today would call the natural sciences But Hildegard is also known as the holy hypochondriac, subject to disabling migraines Were her visions delusions, a result of brainstorms caused by chemical imbalances Women of Action and Legend Eleanor of Aquitaine 1124 1204 , Queen of France and then England, mother of at least 10 children, scandalized her contemporaries and has fascinated us ever since She accompanied her husband, Louis VII, on the second Crusade, and her exploits are a reminder that women were crusaders not merely camp followers in numbers that rivaled those of men You will learnbased on as yet unpublished research by Professor Andrew Lewis that Eleanor was probably born in 1124, not 1122 as normally thought As a physically hearty woman of courage, she provides a way for historians to explore the diverse roles that women played in enabling or resisting the Crusades This is exciting work that will allow us to understand medieval women outside the context of home and family as agents of sometimes radical change Eleanor s life is so amazing that it is easy to see why she has become the staple of legends Among those you will consider are whether she passionately adored, then fought endlessly with, her second husband, Henry II of England all too true whether she poisoned Henry s mistress, Rosamund no proof and whether she held courts of love to encourage and engage in amatory liaisons again, unproven Joan of Arc 1412 1431 was the illiterate French peasant girl whom Mark Twain described as the youngest person of either sex to lead her nation s army before the age of 19 Known as La Pucelle the maid or virgin , she lacked any kind of military training, yet her military instincts seemed impeccable Although she carried a sword in battle, she never used it to kill a man, and seems never to have become used to the sight of dead or dying men.Was this young woman who heard heavenly voices an incomprehensible quirk, or did she change the course of European and world history Ironically, this debate is complicated by the detailed transcripts of her trials, which make her one of the best documented figures of pre modern times Trial records and her letters reveal her as someone who spoke with compelling simplicity, quick wit, and piercing honesty This girl spoke terribly well, said Albert d Ourches I would really like to have had so fine a daughter Professor Wheeler dismisses as myth the notions that Joan was actually of noble birth, or that she never fully developed physically as a woman These lectures reveal Joan as perhaps most memorable for what she was not a queen, a mother, a beauty, or an intellectual Instead, she was a woman of action, and the kind of person who is often an enigma to modern intellectuals someone of profound religious faith Appreciating how these four heroines have been understood and misunderstood will help you understand how history passes judgment on both women and the Middle Ages The contemporary research upon which this course is based can move us beyond how women ought to have been to better knowledge, however precarious, about how women were.24 Lectures1 Four Remarkable Medieval Women2 The Revolutionary Twelfth Century3 Prodigious Heloise4 Abelard s Story of Abelard and Heloise5 Heloise as LoverHer Sublime Submission6 Heloise, Adept Abbess and Mother7 Heloise of the Imagination8 Hildegard of Bingen, Sibyl of the Rhine9 Hildegard, Holy Hypochondriac10 Hildegard s Visionary Trilogy, Science and Letters11 Wholly Hildegard12 Eleanor s Lineage13 Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, Queen of France14 Eleanor and the Politics of Estrangement15 Eleanor, Duchess of Aquitaine, Queen of England16 Eleanor the Dowager Queen17 Legendary Eleanor18 Joan of Arc and Her Times19 Joan Discovers Her Mission and Her Dauphin20 Joan the Warrior, Holy Berserker21 Joan s Success and Captivity22 Joan s Trial, Death, and Retrial23 Joan of the Imagination24 Four Pioneers

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  • A fascinating work. I 'read' this on audio, though the sets come with a handy-dandy outline in pamphlet form. Professor Bonnie Wheeler definitely proves an adept and interesting lecturer, though admittedly she a) sticks closely to just the facts and b) plugs the books she's edited as she goes along. (Neither are problematic; in fact, sticking closely to facts while still conveying a clear picture is a mark of a good historian.) She packs in plenty of vivid description and catches the imagination [...]


  • Ekki oft sem maður kemst yfir umfjöllun um konur á miðöldum bæði vegna skorts á heimildum en einnig vegna þess hve staða þeirra var oft ósýnileg í karlægum valdavettvangi. Þetta er ágætis umfjöllun um örfáar konur sem vöktu verðskuldaða athygli á þessum tímum. Jóhanna af Örk (1412-1431), Eleanor frá Aquitaine (1124-1204), Hildegard af Bingen (1098–1179) og heimspekinginn og nunnuna Heloise (1101-1163). Allt mjög ólíkar konur en orð þeirra og gjörðir höfðu [...]


  • Wheeler is a captivating lecturer, but with what ends up being less than 3 hours dedicated to each of the 4 figures there really isn't much content here. One could easily have devoted an entire 12 hour course to covering just Eleanor of Aquitaine or Joan of Arc alone. Despite my disappointment I'd still say that these lectures would be worthwhile to anyone unfamiliar with these women.


  • September brings a different type of life - it's back to crafting and, to the fore, books that enliven the mind under the title of 'edu-tainment'. Oh My! but her voice grates so this may take some time; here is the general outline:1 - Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124—1204), Queen of France and then England, mother of at least 10 children, scandalized her contemporaries and has fascinated us ever since. She accompanied her husband, Louis VII, on the second Crusade, and her exploits are a reminder tha [...]


  • Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hildegard of Bingen, and Joan of Arc are three of my favourite historical ladies, and I think Héloïse is interesting too, so of course I had to listen to this Great Courses offering. While I personally wanted more, I recommend this look at four fascinating women of The Middle Ages, and the world they lived in.


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