Linda Marie Zaerr

Medieval Women in Story and Song

A single silk weaver in a small town struggles to balance conflicting responsibilities. A countess lashes out against a man who no longer loves her. A princess disguises herself as a male musician to find her way back to her lover. An abbess creates a complex music drama for the women in her convent. King Arthur is forced to answer the question “What do women most desire?” This presentation will expand notions of medieval women, demonstrating through story and song how similar the issues they faced were to those we face today.