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Publisher's Summary

Throughout history, women have played integral roles in family, society, religion, government, war - in short, in all aspects of human civilization. Their contributions have often shaped history and shifted the axis of power for later generations of women. And yet, unearthing their stories from the historical record has often been a challenge, with the ordinary difficulties of preserving information across the generations increased by centuries of historical bias and gender expectations. 

In Powerful Women of the Medieval World, Professor Dorsey Armstrong will introduce you to 10 amazing women who played vital roles in the Middle Ages, whether they wielded power from an imperial throne like Empress Theodora, led armies like Joan of Arc, or altered the course of Christian theology like Hildegard of Bingen. All of these women were from different times and places, yet they share the honor of having impacted the world in crucial ways. Their impact on history and society also shines a light on the conditions of ordinary women, those who did not have the chance to build such phenomenal legacies, but who nevertheless played vital roles in the family, the community, and the world at large.

While many of these women achieved power thanks to singular opportunities and unusual crises, they also share an indefinable quality that propelled them to seize the unpredictable chances they were given. As you examine the stories of these remarkable women, you will get a unique opportunity to unearth invaluable context and see history from a new perspective, one that can provide a richer understanding of the past and how it has shaped the world we live in today.

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About the Creator and Performer

Dorsey Armstrong is Professor of English and Medieval Literature at Purdue University, where she has taught since 2002. The holder of an AB in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University and a PhD in Medieval Literature from Duke University, she also taught at Centenary College of Louisiana and at California State University, Long Beach. Her research interests include medieval women writers, late-medieval print culture, and the Arthurian legend, on which she has published extensively, including the 2009 book Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur: A New Modern English Translation Based on the Winchester Manuscript and Gender and the Chivalric Community in Sir Thomas Malory's Morte d'Arthur, published in 2003. In January 2009, she became editor-in-chief of the academic journal Arthuriana, which publishes the most cutting-edge research on the legend of King Arthur, from its medieval origins to its enactments in the present moment. Professor Armstrong’s previous Audible Original course is Medieval Myths & Mysteries.

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Very good! I wish I would have began listening to the Great Courses sooner.

I enjoyed the style of the lectures, and the progression through the early, middle, to late period hlped me to get a sense of how the women that were discussed had an influence on history. I always wanted to take more history and litterature courses when I went to University but never had the chance. It’s wonderful to have thiss opportunity to learn now that I’m retired.

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Fascinating Listen!

Professor Armstrong does a masterful job bringing to life 10 powerful woman I never knew about in medieval history. I learned a lot about the history of this 1000 year period in the process. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

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So interesting

I love medieval history and the way Dorsey Armstrong tells it is easy to understand for those of us who are not academics in the area. She is entertaining and her passion for the subject is obvious. I will be listening to more of her lectures.

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Excellent

This was very educational and interesting. I wish it could have gone on with more females throughout history.

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Wish she was my prof!

Thoroughly enjoyed Thai lecture series for its history, humor and relevance to today’s conversations. More more!!!

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excellent lecture

absolutely loved this. I had watched to the great courses on the roku channel was so happy to find a way to take them with me. Dorsey Armstrong is fantasic!

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Enlightening

i like this author and have watched and listened to other works by her.she makes stories interesting

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Such an Entertaining Way to Learn History

Dorsey Armstrong is boldly appreciative of her subject matter, engaging, and humorous. Well worth the listen!

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Really Loving this Series on Women!

Another awesome listen! Dorsey does an awesome job of conveying these great stories of inspirational women in history.

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Wow!

Insights into amazing women I have not heard of before and several I have. Their stories are told in fascinating detail and given the context to be appreciated.