Event Date: 22 March 2011
Egham TW 20 0EX
School of Modern Languages, Literatures & Cultures
Royal Holloway University of London
Professor Ruth Harvey (Professor of Medieval Occitan Literature) – The Lady and the Song
The medieval troubadours are best known for their creation of Courtly Love, a cultural transformation affecting the whole course of European literature and sensibilities. The idealised Lady addressed in their love-songs lacked voice or agency. In contrast, this lecture will focus on some of the many ways in which noblewomen actively nourished and exploited this cultural shift: as patrons, politicians, poets and critics.
Introduction by Professor Geoff Ward (Vice-Principal Royal Holloway) .
Vote of Thanks by Professor Simon Gaunt (King’s College, London) .