What made an ideal partner in medieval York? And what does that tell us about gender roles and relationships in medieval York(shire)?
Meet characters from the city’s past as they participate in a dating show. Explore changing attitudes to marriage, singledom, LGBTQ+ relationships, friendship, youth and old age, and vote on who you find most eligible.
Join us for a fun performance and Q&A session with experts from the University of York’s Department of History.
Image: Stowe 17 f. 143 Couple, marginal miniature of a couple embracing, origin: Netherlands, S. (Liège) - retrieved from the British Library’s Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts
About the speakers
Danielle Park is a Lecturer in Late Medieval History at the University of York. Her teaching concentrates on power, authority and gender in the Middle Ages, and her research focuses on the role of women within the context of the crusades. Her first book, Papal Protection and the Crusader (2018) discusses what happened on the homefront while the crusaders were away. Her current project is a study of the reign and partnership of Queen Melisende and King Fulk of Jerusalem in the 12th century.
Tim Wingard is a Lecturer in Late Medieval History at the University of York, specialising in gender and sexuality in late medieval Europe. Tim’s research focuses on the connections between law, science and popular attitudes towards sex in the Middle Ages.
Alex Traves is a Lecturer in Early Medieval History at the University of York, specialising in the social history of early medieval Britain. Alex’s research focuses on gender, the family and the evolution of political culture during the Early Middle Ages.
Becca Grose is a Lecturer in Early Medieval History at the University of York. Becca’s research investigates how the collapse of the Roman empire affected relationships, communication and family life.