Medieval England was a man’s world, but women could and did hold their own power and wealth. Two of the most influential women at the court of King Edward III were his wife, Philippa of Hainault, and his mistress, Alice Perrers. Join us for this talk and find out how both women wielded their power and used their femininity to control those around them.

King Edward III is often considered one of the greatest medieval kings to rule England. He created the Order of the Garter and was renowned for his military prowess and luxurious, chivalric court. But Edward was greatly influenced by the women in his life, and two of the most important women were his wife and queen, Philippa of Hainault, and his mistress, Alice Perrers. Philippa was the model medieval wife and mother, who gave birth to many children and acted piously and generously. Alice Perrers was the archetypal villain, a grasping mistress who came from obscure origins and used her sexuality to seduce the king and grab power for herself. But both these women employed their femininity to gain influence and wealth at the heart of the government, and both had more in common than first appears. 

When | Thursday 16 June, 7.30 -c.9pm 

Where | Alban Room, 1st Floor Chapter House (online recording to be distributed within 24 hours for those unable to attend in person*) 

Speaker | Gemma Hollman, author of Royal Witches and the upcoming Queen and the Mistress

* if you are unable to attend this event in person, please continue to purchase an ONLINE ticket and you will be sent a recording within 24 hours. 

Please note that online booking closes at midday on the day of the talk.