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The Bath Branch of the Historical Association organises a full programme of talks, visits and social events covering all aspects of history and historical research

Our lectures normally take place at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN.

It is not necessary to book in advance.

21 October 2021

Medieval Queens: Ruling Women in a Man’s World

Dr Ellie Woodacre (University of Winchester)


Dr Elena (Ellie) Woodacre is Reader in Renaissance History. She began her undergraduate studies in her native USA and completed her BA in Humanities with Classical Studies with the OU after she moved to the UK. She received an MA in Medieval Studies (with Merit) from the University of Reading in 2006 and shortly thereafter began her doctoral studies at Bath Spa University. Her PhD thesis was titled 'The Queens of Navarre 1274-1512: Succession, Politics and Partnership and focussed on issues surrounding female rule, matrimonial politics and the relationship between reigning queens and consort kings'. Her recent research has been focused on global, comparative work on queenship and on the economic agency and activity of royal women. She has also been researching the life of Joan of Navarre, duchess of Brittany and later consort queen of Henry IV of England, for a forthcoming monograph.

She joined the History Department at Winchester in 2012 and was until recently the Faculty Coordinator for Postgraduate Research Degrees. Elena is the organiser of the ‘Kings & Queens’ conference series and the founder of the Royal Studies Network, a resource that aims to bring together scholars who work on monarchical topics to enable them to collaborate and share information on their research. Follow the RSN on Twitter. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Studies Journal, an academic open-access publication launched in 2014. Elena also an editor of two book series: Lives of Royal Women (Routledge) and Gender and Power in the Premodern World (ARC Humanities Press). Elena is leading an international project 'Examining the Resources and Revenues of Royal Women in Premodern Europe' which brings together researchers from the UK, Europe, North America and Australia to investigate the economic agency and activity of royal women.