Event—Adult Education

Queens of Medieval Europe


Learn about prominent medieval queens and their impacts on European politics, culture, and society.

Folium 028v from the Psalter of Eleanor of Aquitaine (ca. 1185) from the collection of the Royal Library of the Netherlands. The illumination shows Donor portrait - A noble lady kneeling, believed to be Eleanor of Aquitaine. Source: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB 76 F 13, folium 028v, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

This six-session class explores the lives and legacies of medieval queens from approximately 500 to 1500. Together, we will examine more prominent historical figures such as Eleanor of Aquitaine and Isabella I of Castile, as well as lesser-known female rulers including Brunhilda of Austrasia and Fredegund of Neustria.

Come learn about different forms of queenly power and discover how queens regnant, consorts, regents, dowagers, and other royal women have shaped European politics, culture, and society.

A cultural historian and lecturer, Emilie M. Brinkman holds a PhD in European history from Purdue University. She specializes in the history of British politics, queenship, and fashion.

Materials List

No required materials or first reading.

Cost and Registration

Six sessions, $268 ($241 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

To register multiple people for this class, please go through the course calendar in Learning Stream, our registration platform. When you select the course and register, you’ll be prompted to add another registrant.


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