Oxford study: England's Later Medieval Queens

A course being taught at Oxford University, through the Berkeley Extension program, covers the history and role of England's later medieval queens from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Elizabeth Woodville.

The course runs July 7-26, 2008 and is limited to approximately 100 students. The cost is a little pricey at "$5,350 for the three-week course which includes tuition, single room, and all meals in the college for the duration of your course."

The website includes a nice reading list, however.

From the course description:

"This course examines the questions such as these. We start by looking at the context in which queenship was exercised: the major political continuities and changes in England in the later medieval period; and the position of women in medieval society. We study contemporary writings that describe the role of the queen, such as the coronation service for queens and literature in which "model" queens are represented. We then go on to examine how the ideals and expectations were played out in reality by looking at the lives of some of England's later medieval queens. Each has been chosen for the special way in which they fulfilled their role in response to the personal and political circumstances in which they were placed."