Medieval historian Dr Rowena E. Archer is a Fellow and lecturer at Brasenose College and lecturer at Christ Church. She was born in Northern Ireland but partly educated in England, reading for her first degree at Bristol.
She first worked on the Late Medieval English Nobility during the Hundred Years War with France but was drawn towards the experiences of women. She has published on a wide variety of aspects of women’s lives making particular use of the work of the late fourteenth century Franco-Italian writer, Christine de Pisan and is just starting a study on the impact of the Anglo-French wars on women. She has a particular interest in Henry V and Agincourt. She teaches French History from 1000 – 1500 and runs a specialist course on Joan of Arc and her Age, 1419-1435.
After many years teaching mature students at Oxford she is now a Fellow and lecturer at Brasenose and lecturer at Christ Church. She is Director of the long running Medieval Studies Programme for the Cambridge International Summer Schools and regularly teaches at Madingley Hall. She travels to France at least twice a year, partly for work and partly for pleasure.