Throughout the Middle Ages, a woman’s role in society was extremely limited. Women were married off for the dowry their husband could provide their family, or for political advantage. (Dean and Thomson 69) Eleanor of Aquitaine was crowned the Queen of France at the age of 15 after marrying into the crown, undeniably young for her position of power. But, it was because of her position as Queen of France and eventually Queen of England that helped her to make an impact on Medieval women and their roles in society. Eleanor was strong willed and never stopped fighting for others to see things her way, which in many cases was not the normal way in the Middle Ages. Her way of thinking was considered out of the ordinary at that time, but now she …show more content…
After all, women today have it much easier than women back in that time did. But, as Women as Founder’s Week is currently going on at Mount St. Joseph Academy, there are many people who want to share their stories with this school that come and do so. Every presentation has brought a different aspect of leadership such as self-confidence, speaking up for yourself, acknowledging your talents, and strength. As one would listen to these presentations she can make connections to Eleanor of Aquitaine. Eleanor exhibited these qualities and so many more. Where some of the feats Eleanor accomplished are not as relevant to women today, such as establishing the Court of Love, her principals and the way she ruled both England and France are still present and waiting to be used as an example for modern-day leadership. Eleanor of Aquitaine took great steps in the way of women’s equality through her life, but now as all girls schools teach girls to be ‘founders’ it is more relevant that Eleanor has left a legacy that exhibits strength, resilience, and a character that one would not soon
Throughout Eleanor of Aquitaine’s life, she proved that women too could have power and became one of the most influential and awe-inspiring women of her time. Eleanor was born in 1122 to William X, the Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitiers, “possessing one of the largest domains in France” (“Eleanor” 2017). Eleanor grew up to be very well educated by her father, she soon became experienced in “literature, philosophy, and languages” (“Eleanor” 2009). Her life came out to be an abundant amount of opportunities that led her to not become Queen of France and Queen of England, but also became an inspiration to women all around by not sticking to the status quo of her time. Eleanor of Aquitaine used her inherited land from King William X, marriages to Louis XII and Henry II and neglecting the
By including Eleanor’s volunteer work as part of her argument, readers could have better understood how far the scope of Eleanor’s legacy reached. Winfield chose to focus her essay on the more career-driven and public side of Eleanor, and although that is important to the development of Eleanor, one cannot ignore how large of a role charity and helping others played in Eleanor’s
Burke does this by telling the story of Roosevelt’s life, and how key occurrences in her life made her the woman that we know today. Burke recounts Roosevelt’s story all the way to before Roosevelt was married to her cousin, Theodore Roosevelt. Burke notes that many esteemed colleagues of her husband would go on to pay her high praise. One such compliment was paid by France Perkins, who Burk quotes as saying “…impressed by Eleanor’s
Eleanor of Aquitaine was an extremely influential woman who changed the way people live. She was born in the year of 1122 and lived to be 82 years old, which was extremely old in the middle ages. She was the daughter of William X and was raised to rule Aquitaine by him. At the age of fifteen, William X, died, leaving Aquitaine for Eleanor. She was forced to marry Louis VII, who became king of France.
Although for ages men and women have had conflicting roles. Men have primarily grasped higher positions of power in government and additionally within the church. From very early on women would not go against the given social structure. When Queen Elizabeth I took the throne in 1558 ( her reign from 1558-1603) she faced bias ways of many, the notion of a women leading their nation was unimaginable causing numerous people to question her capabilities as a ruler. Unlike other women, Queen Elizabeth discarded the negative perspective by being captivating to her subjects through compassion, but also by her asserting the power and dominance over her kingdom.
Elizabeth I, Queen of England from 1558-1603, brought much success and political stability to England during her reign. However, the ideas about gender at the time greatly influenced her rule. With the views of the religious peoples during Elizabeth’s reign leaning towards negativity about a woman ruler, Elizabeth I responded to these challenges against her ability to rule wisely with sophisticated anger and strong leadership, while not responding to the challenges to her authority as a religious leader. One of the main challenges to Elizabeth’s right to rule came from the church. Document 1, “First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women” by John Knox, a Scottish religious reformer, shows the biased views of a Scot who
Women of the Medieval Times Women have always had a significant role in history even though they were treated horrible in most cases. During the Medieval Times was really the first time women were allowed to become more than just a house wife. The fight for equality has always been a struggle and even in today’s society is still an ongoing battle. Although women of lower and middle class were treated poorly in the Medieval Times, some powerful women held great responsibility and were looked up too by both men and children; despite being admired, “men were thought to be not only physically stronger but more emotionally stable, more intelligent, and morally less feeble” (Hopkins 5). “The position of women in the Medieval Society was greatly influenced by the views of the Roman Catholic Church” (Heeve).
Having a female sovereign (Elizabeth I of England) meant that the issue of gender roles was one of discussion,
Queen Elizabeth I spoke about her faults as a woman and the fact that she, a woman, has a “heart and stomach of a king” (6). This shows that women were aware they were being looked down upon as they compared a strong heart and stomach to one that only a king could have. This speech shows that its
Throughout the 16th century Reformation through the Enlightenment in the 18th century, was a period of time that saw both change and continuation in European society. One of the biggest examples of this was the role of women and how they should function in European society. Women in this era faced a large amount of hardships and obstacles from great leaders and philosophers such as Martin Luther and Immanuel Kant, who were both against the equality of women to men at this time. From the time period of the 16th century Reformation all the way up to the Enlightenment in the 18th century, the women of Europe were viewed as fragile and unworkable women whose main priority and purpose should only be being a housewife. As time progressed, women
First, her gender affected her because there were only so many jobs a female could have in the Middle Ages. Many women just worked along with the men in the fields, taking care of the animals and doing housework. Also, many women had another occupation, like spinning, weaving,
Also, Eleanor had a unique perspective when it came to every idea, and she used her resources to make these ideas come to life. This created psychological changes in many who believed that Eleanor could not so what she wanted to, as she proved them wrong.
Introduction Women in the Middle ages were treated as the second class members within their social class. They were taught to be obedient to their husbands and were expected to run the household and raise children. Their role in the society, however, was much more complex, while some medieval women achieved a high level of equality with men. In the Middle Ages women had a secondary role, coming second after men.
Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine To become the Queen of France and then the Queen of England is not an easy task to complete, yet Queen Eleanor was able to. Eleanor of Aquitaine, who lived during the Middle Ages, was Duchess who obtained power at a young age. Her husbands were both kings and her children became very powerful leaders. Eleanor of Aquitaine was the Queen of France, but she got a divorce and married the King of England, becoming one of the most influential women of her time period, promoting courtly love, chivalry, and troubadours.